How you can avoid fraud and identity theft during Cyber Monday
Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:22:37 GMT —
If you missed Black Friday, Cyber Monday might be the next best thing if you're looking for a great deal. Although shopping online for the deals might help you avoid some of the confrontations we saw nationwide on Black Friday, it can still be dangerous.
Mike Schroll, Information Security Expert and Owner of Cowork MYR says there are some things to look out for to protect you from fraud and identity theft.
"You want to make sure that when you click through a link that you actually end up at the retailer you were expecting. Look in the address bar make sure it says www.amazon.com and that it doesn't say something like amazonsale.com.or some variant that an attacker might be trying to take you to a fake site. "
Schroll says one good way of avoiding a fake site is making sure that your address bar has this lock icon and says "https" which means the site you're browsing is secure.
When you're getting ready to make that buy, Schroll said use a credit card instead of a debit card.
"It's a little more difficult to get back money of yours that's already gone versus arguing over a bill that has arrived from the credit card company."
More shoppers buying online during Cyber Monday also means more opportunities for scammers to steal personal information.
"There's nothing that's typical except for the fact that they get used, your cards get compromised, whether it's on the computer, or somebody has found your card or gotten your number somehow," said Horry County Police Lt. Robert Kegler.
Schroll also recommends making sure that you're running the latest version of your web browser, like Google Chrome. He explained that older browsers are easier for someone to hack in through.
If you want to verify any company you're purchasing from, Schroll says try this website.