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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Beware of these 5 Online Cyber Mistakes During the Holidays

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Lohrman on Cybersecurity & Infrastructure:5 Online Mistakes to Avoid During the Holidays

Editor's Note:  The holiday season is almost here, and many of us will be shopping online hoping to get the best deals possible. This is a time to give, not to be taken.

Review these cyber security tips compiled in an article from govtech.comwritten by Dan Lohrman, the Chief Security Officer & Chief Strategist at Security Mentor Inc. It could save you time, money and aggravation.

 1) Watch Out for Online Shopping Fraud – We all want a deal. Some of us will go to great lengths both online and offline to save a buck. Sadly cyberspace is full of scams and “too good to be true” deals that really are fakes in more ways than one. From fake products to fake prices with hidden fees and exorbitant shipping charges to entire websites that are cloned imitations of more reputable websites, there are many ways to be tricked online. 

 ...Tip: Stick with online merchants (companies) that you trust. While it can be tempting to save an extra 10 percent at some new unknown retailer, be extra careful. Household names like Target, Walmart, Best Buy and Amazon.com offer great deals over the holidays without the extra burden or worry that what will be opened on Christmas Day may not be what looked so pretty in the online picture.  If you do buy from a new or unknown online merchant, do your homework. Make sure that you know the policies for returns, refunds and more. Remember that you are providing credit card and potentially other sensitive information to this company, so follow best practices to keep your sensitive information secure. Read entire article here.  

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