Christmas Shopping Safety

11 December 2015

    When you’re busy getting ready for Christmas, it’s easy to forget about staying safe online.

    Amethyst’s Andy Heathcote shares his top tips for smart shopping and bagging festive bargains:

  • Always have internet security (antivirus) software and apps switched on and updated (including those new phone and tablet gifts)

  • Don't open attachments or click on links in festive (or any other) emails you're not expecting, as they could be scams. And be careful with ecards as they can be fraudulent too

  • Secure Wi-Fi is vital for your privacy. At home, check your router security settings. Out and about, never use free Wi-Fi hotspots when what you're doing is private

  • Passwords that are easy to guess, that you use for more than one account or that you share with others, are a no-no

  • Always check payment pages are secure, and log out when you've finished shopping online

  • When making a purchase from an auction website, use insured payment methods like PayPal and never do a bank transfer to people you don't know

  • Ensure that the website address begins ‘https’ at the payment stage which indicates a secure payment, you should also see a padlock symbol appear at the top or bottom of the page

  • Never enter your card PIN online

  • Keep your security software and firewalls up to date. Regularly update your internet browser when a new patch-security update is released

  • Be wary of low prices for branded goods as the items for sale may not exist or be counterfeit.  If it is too good to be true, it usually is!

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