Followup on safe shopping online at Christmas

I can’t stress enough how many systems I see on a weekly basis that are full of malware and viruses, causing costly removal sometimes involving fees that are often more than the cost of a replacement. Many times the true damage is identity theft which will not show up immediately and has very long-term effects.

Usually the root cause of vulnerability is using a PC that is not fully up to date. You have to be diligent in updating all the software on your system especially with operating system patches, web browser patches, current anti-virus and anti-malware software.

If you use Windows I recommend surfing the web with Firefox with the NoScript plugin activated.

Having said all that, read this article for some tips on Safe Online Christmas shopping. The one thing I would add is many bank, and credit card companies offer (even PayPal) one time use credit card numbers which work great for online shopping.

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One Response to Followup on safe shopping online at Christmas

  1. […] Last year I posted some tips on being safe while shopping online. That article is here. This year I’ll point out that TraceMyID is partnering with world-renowned fraud prevention […]

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