Christmas shopping safely

14 November 2017

Read our top tips for staying safe online:


  • 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
  • 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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