Monday, December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday and Holiday Shopping Online

There is no doubt my company, IME, specializes in consulting on homeland security issues and mass gathering security concerns. This said, today is Cyber Monday. Many of you are shopping right now while reading this from a split screen. We are spending money online and handing out our personal information as if it were candy. So, how do you know if your credit and personal information is truly safe today- or any day you partake in online shopping?

Well, in honor of Cyber Monday and the holiday season in general- I’m listing my top 3 ways to keep your personal info. secure online.

1. Keep your firewall security and anti-virus software up-to-date. The biggest mistake I see people make is to assume that just because they have downloaded anti-virus software, that it is good for the life of the computer. No, it’s not! You need up update all your software- including your anti-virus software- on a continued basis otherwise it is ineffective.
2. Be wary of add-ons. Many games and plug-ins are written by third party companies and not the social network. Look before you leap.
3. Make sure the store you are shopping from has an https:// header before checking out. If it doesn’t have the “s” then the website isn’t secure and your personal information and payment information can easily be breached.

Until tomorrow,
Twyla N. Garrett

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