During the 2019 Thanksgiving weekend a record number of Americans shopped online, nearly 190 million people to be exact. While the madness and hustle of Black Friday deals are thrilling for some, the convenience of shopping at home in your pajamas for Cyber Monday deals is something more and more people prefer. With that said, there are a couple downfalls - too many cardboard boxes and the possibility you might be putting your personal information at risk.
For those who shop online, fraud is a big concern and it should be. As online shopping continues to become more popular for consumers, digital fraud becomes more of a danger. Whether it's phishing scams, malicious ads, or fake websites, no one wants to be the next victim of a cyber scam. Our world is becoming more digital and that means we need to be aware of online fraud and how to protect ourselves. Here are a 8 easy ways to keep your information safe.
1. Create a unique username and password for each website you use.
2. Make sure your passwords are strong and change often. Here's how to make and remember a strong password.
3. Don't click on any ads.
4. Avoid public WiFi when shopping. An identity thief can easily steal your information. Here's what you need to know to keep your information safe while using WiFi.
5. Keep a close eye on your debit and credit card statements.
6. Don't offer too much personal information and never give your Social Security number.
7. Keep receipts and order confirmation numbers to easily resolve potential online purchase issues.
8. If it's too good to be true, it's probably a scam. Don't fall for it.
If you think there might be fraudulent activity on your account or cards, your Marine Bank Help Desk team is here to help. You can chat with us online, send us an email or give us a call at (217) 726-0660.