While the holidays are a busy time, full of hustle and bustle, holiday cheer, and holiday stress, it is a prime time for less than savory people to target and take advantage of people who are tired, distracted, and in a hurry. Online shopping is no different.
According to Crime-Stoppers it was projected that in 2016 over 46% of holiday shopping would be done online and 21% of holiday merchandise would be purchased over a smartphone. In addition, in 2015, 1 of every 86 online credit card transactions was a fraudulent attempt. In 2018, one can assume these numbers have substantially increased. That’s a lot of online transactions.
To protect yourself online, remember to only buy from a reputable source with a secure site (look for the https & padlock icon). Make any purchases while on a secure Wi-Fi network. Shopping while enjoying a break at the local coffee house may be enjoyable, the free network is not secure enough to enter your personal information.
Don’t be a target. Be aware of the online sites that you are shopping on, you are your own best defense against scams and fraud.