We are sure to see pre-holiday sales notices pop up in email and online right after the October 31st Halloween holiday. While it may be beneficial to take advantage of the super savings, it’s fortuitous to change commonly used or repeated passwords before the shopping sprees begin. US Media Studios reviews some pre-holiday cyber security tips in October, as it is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.
Preventative Steps to Take Now
We all have our favorite businesses where we like to shop online. We generally stick to these sites because we trust them and know their merchandise, and shipping and return policies well. And we also tend to leave the password we originally set the same throughout time. We may even turn on the “remember me” function which automatically logs us in every time we visit the site. Consider all of the major hack attacks and attempted phishing expeditions that have occurred in the last year. US Media Studios shares some cyber security tips to put in place before any online shopping begins:
- Create a list of new passwords for each of the favorite online businesses. Write them down in a small notebook, instead of storing them on digital devices and laptops. Choose capital letters, small letters, numbers and symbols to use.
- Check the option to add two-factor or one-factor authentication for each account that asks for it. This is added security for the account.
- Do not check the option to “remember me” or “log in automatically”. It may take a few more seconds to log in each time. But it sure beats the amount of time it takes to clear up an account which was hacked.
- If a store app is downloaded to make shopping easier, note the first zip code that pre-populates your account. Is it yours? If not, uninstall the app.
- Regularly check bank and credit card account activity to ensure all the charges are yours. Contact the financial institution immediately if a charge does not look right.
Taking these steps now should prevent fraudulent activity later. Better safe than sorry.