On Cyber Monday, as well as throughout the holiday shopping season, the number of attacks to online shopping sites increases dramatically. The good news is that everyone can drastically reduce the risk of being a victim by following a few basic security practices.
- Login directly to the official website for the business, instead of clicking on a link in an email.
- Beware of offers that are too good to be true. Cyber criminals frequently use extremely low prices on popular items to draw in potential victims.
- Always use anti-virus software and be sure to keep it up to date. Remember: Purdue University offers to faculty, staff and students antivirus software at no cost. Please visit the following website for more information. https://www.itap.purdue.edu/shopping/software/product/virusscan/index.html
- Only make purchases using websites with a secure connection. You can determine this by checking the address line of your browser during the purchase process; it should start with HTTPS.
- Use your credit card instead of your debit card when making a purchase. Credit cards offer added protection from fraudulent transactions. You can also take advantage of alerts of abnormal account activity.
Enjoy your Holiday Season!
Post Content from IS Security Lead Katie Gutierrez.