Aren't holidays a magical time? For a short couple months each year, everyone experiences that one-of-a-kind holiday warmth and joy in unison. The holidays really are the most wonderful time of the year - and we want to help everyone keep it that way by making sure your information doesn't get into the the wrong hands while you do your online holiday shopping.
Here are 4 tips to keep your sensitive information safe as you get your holiday shopping done this year.
TIP 1: Protect your passwords
Create a unique username and password for each different website you use. It's also a good idea to come up with strong passwords that are hard to break and that you go through often and change or update your passwords. Here's how to make and remember strong passwords!
TIP 2: Protect your personal information
There are a few key ways to protect your sensitive information while shopping online. First off, keep a close eye on your debit and credit card statements. Second, don't ever offer personal information such as your social security number or bank account details. And lastly, instead of using public WiFi, use your mobile data as you do your online shopping. It's an easy way for identity thieves to steal your personal and sensitive information. This is a great tip to remember all year long - here are 5 easy ways to stay safe on public WiFi.
TIP 3: Hold on to receipts and confirmations
The secret's out - online shopping is easy and convenient - and this is why more people opt to shop online than ever before. But supply can't always keep up with demand, especially around the holidays, which means packages get lost or stolen. Keep your receipts and the confirmation numbers of your online purchases in case something should go wrong and you need to get in touch with the merchant. There's always the chance items may arrive damaged or not arrive at all.
Tip 4: Don't click ads
If an offer seems too good to be true, it's probably a scam. It can be tempting to click online ads with unbeatable offers, but they put your bank account and your sensitive information at risk. Don't click online ads, no matter how alluring the deal may seem.
Stay safe as you do your online holiday shopping this year, and from all of us here at Marine Bank, we wish you a very happy holiday season!
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