We look forward to Christmas as it brings a happy time of year. Celebrating the reason for the season and also enjoying extra time with our families. Criminals also look forward to this time of year. With estimated holiday sales of $586.1 billion, criminals are looking for their piece of the pie. Lifelock wants you to be safe and to protect your identity while shopping Black Friday as well as Cyber Monday! So read over the tips below.
Always shop from legit, well known websites. If you find a website that has an outstanding deal on a gift you’re looking for, but you’ve never heard of it, search for some reviews of the store before purchasing. Having that said, that goes back to my tip last month from the Donating Safely Online post. Make sure that when you’re checking out, you check that it is a secure checkout area. You will notice that the address bar will say “https” instead of just “http”. That ensures that you have a secure connection.
You need to be wary while shopping from your smart phone. In 2011, a 76% increase in malware targeted at Android devices was cited. This made Android smartphones the most targeted smartphone platform. Malware has also been reported via holiday themed applications and QR codes. Annnnd while we’re on the subject of phones, Do not give your info out over the phone. The chances of a store calling you to request your pin number or social security number is slim to none! If this happens, tell the caller that you will call back on the official number and speak to a representative to make sure it’s legit. If they are legit, they will completely understand.
Please make sure to stay safe while shopping this holiday season! As I’ve mentioned before, scammers do everything they can to look as legit as possible. Nothing is worse than having your money stolen. Even worse, at the holidays. So make sure to stay safe and know that LifeLock has got your back.
Hey! Speaking of holiday shopping, you need to check out LifeLock‘s great Twitter Party on Black Friday! There are some awesome prizes being given away! You can sign up right from this post below!
LifeLock is the leader in identity theft protection, and works 24/7/365 to protect members from identity theft before it happens. And it can happen to anyone. If identity thieves get a hold of your personal information, they could take out a mortgage, commit tax fraud or open credit cards under your name. That’s why the experts at LifeLock work every minute of every day to ensure your personal information is secure. LifeLock service offers proactive identity protection that alerts you of potential threats. From early detection to remediation, LifeLock has the tools you need for peace of mind.
I am a LifeLock Brand Ambassador and was compensated in some form for this post. All opinions expressed here are my own. Always have been, always will be.