Smart Consumer Series – Holiday Season Means Shopping for You and Identity Thieves too

It’s Shopping Season for Identity Thieves also!

The holidays offer cybercriminals a chance to steal financial account information, Social Security numbers, credit card information and other sensitive data. When shopping online or in public places, please remember a few basic tips that can go a long way to protecting your identity and personal information:

  • Avoid unprotected Wi-Fi.
  • Shop at familiar online retailers
  • Learn to recognize and avoid phishing emails that pose as a “trusted source”
  • Keep a clean machine
  • Use passwords that are strong, long, and unique
  • Use multi-factor authentication
  • Encrypt and password-protect sensitive data

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