5 tips to keep your online shopping safer during Black Friday

5 tips to keep your online shopping safer during Black Friday

The holidays are a time when people purchase gifts for their friends, families, and yes even for themselves. Increasingly, children are using and accessing more and more digital devices, and this makes it important for everyone to work together to secure these devices.

Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, and everyone should do their best to practice good cyber hygiene. Here are five tips to help keep your online shopping safer as well as your digital devices more secure:

1.       Make sure children don't have access to an unattended device where purchases can be made.

Parents need to work with children on their “Wish List.” In the past, children used to dog-ear pages of shopping catalogues, but now it's online. There are stories of children putting items on wish lists, and then accidentally or on purpose, the item is purchased.

Recently, someone posted a picture of an ironing board that arrived unexpectedly on their doorstep, as it was accidentally added to their account from their child's wish list. They took an "unexpected purchase selfie" with it on their porch—this is actually a thing, "unexpected purchase selfie!” 

2.       Have a separate account for online shopping credit cards that's not connected to your primary accounts.

Or, even better, buy yourself gift cards. Using gift cards also helps you stick to a budget.  

3.        Change passwords before the holidays and then change them again after.

Choosing your password is perhaps one of the easiest, yet most challenging security measures that you can do. The objective is to remember it without writing it on a post-it that you keep next to your computer, but also making it complex enough that it is not easy for hackers to gain access to your computer. Avoid some of the following pitfalls and consider a “pass-phrase” like “mybirthdayis1970Jan15.”

Alternatively, users can rely on password managers.

4.       If you're buying computers or other digital devices, make sure to get products to protect them as well, and make sure to install and configure them before the devices go online!

If you have new digital devices planned for holiday gifts, don’t forget the security products to help protect them. Unprotected devices can be infected in less than 5 minutes.

Use family-safe software and tools. No single technology solution meets the needs of every family, so explore the many different tools that can help you keep your children safe online.

A few more digital device tips:

·         Use an internet firewall at all times. The firewall is your first line of defence in protecting your computer because it helps to obscure your devices to online attackers and many types of malicious software.
·         Keep your operating system up to date; enable its automatic update features. Online criminals are constantly at work devising new ways to attack your computer and invade your privacy.
·         Maintain antivirus and antispyware software. Antivirus and antispyware software help to protect your computer by scanning email, applications, and data that resides on your computer. Strong antivirus and spyware programs can detect and remove viruses and spyware before they have a chance to damage your devices.

5.       Update your products (security and firmware updates that are available between the time the product is made and when you set it up), patches, etc.

If you remember to keep your software and firmware up-to-date, you can help protect your computer and digital devices and keep your computer and digital devices more secure.

More tips for safe shopping and cybersecurity for online use can be found on ESET’s blog, WeLiveSecurity.com.

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