Identity theft is the biggest threat consumers face when shopping online, according to security expert Dr. Yair Levy. Before venturing online for Cyber Monday deals, here are some tips from Dr. Levy which appeared in a recent Sun Sentinel article:
- Use a dedicated credit card for online purchases and a separate card for to pay bills, buy gas, groceries, etc. If the card is compromised, it’s easy to cancel the account.
- When making purchases, verify a secured connection by looking for a little padlock or by making sure the Web address starts with “https://” (the “s” stands for secured).
- Don’t use free wi-fi on your mobile device.
Phishing scams are becoming more frequent and more sophisticated, so be wary of emails or texts claiming to be from your favorite retailer. The best defense is not to click on links in a message or give out any personal information. If the message is legitimate, you can always go directly to the retailer’s website.
For more on identity theft and cybercrime, visit our Facts & Stats page.