Follow these tips, adapted from tips provided by the Center for Internet Security, to protect your personal information when shopping online.
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Secure Your Environment
Know Who You're Dealing With
The "s" in "https" stands for "secure" and indicates that communication with the webpage is encrypted.
Avoid the Traps
Scam artists will often impersonate trusted companies you may do business with. If you have not asked for information from a company, do not click links or open attachments, even if they appear to be from a known and trusted company at first glance.
When a window pops up promising you cash or gift cards for answering a question or taking a survey, close it:
- Windows: Press Control and F4
- Mac: Press Command and W
This information can be stolen from your browser, turning the convenience of autofill into the nightmare of identity theft.