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  • Shopping online safely?

    Posted on November 28th, 2020 at 13:17 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Just this morning I received a funky phone call from “San Diego” telling me about several transactions on my “credit card” and that I needed to call them back to approve the transactions.

    Needless to say I didn’t call them back.

    The CISA page reminds us to be wary of scams this time of year.

    CISA recommends these three simple steps to keep consumers safe when shopping:

    • Check your devices – Before starting your hunt for the best deal, make sure your devices are up-to-date and all of your accounts have strong passwords. If you purchase an internet connected device or toy, change the default password and check the device’s privacy and security settings to make sure you’re not sharing more information than you want.
    • Shop through trusted retailers – Before making a purchase and providing any personal or financial information, make sure you’re using a reputable, established vendor. Similarly, if you’re planning to make a charitable donation, be sure to research who or where your donation is going, to ensure it’s a legitimate organization.
    • Using safe methods for purchases – If you can, use a credit card or other forms of digital payments as opposed to a debit card as credit cards often have better fraud protections.

    So what are you doing to ensure you are safe online this year?

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