The thrill of shopping is an adrenaline rush that can be matched by few things in life. Before you go for those online deals, however, keep these tips in mind.
Use a secure Wi-Fi connection. If you're on a public Internet
connection, you risk exposing your personal information to nefarious
hackers lurking on the same network.
Shop sites you know and trust. Obviously, you're not going to give your credit card number to shadydiscountdesignerjeans.com, but if you're on a fence about a site you've never seen, trust your instincts.
Update your anti-virus software. According to Norton's 2011 cybercrime report, 64 percent of people who use the Internet one to 24 hours a week have been the victim of a cyber crime. Increase those hours to 49 or more and the rate increases to 79 percent.
Keep track of who is shopping in your household. If you allow your kids to use your credit or debit card to shop, make sure give them the old lecture on online security.
Mobile security is important, too! We use our mobile devices to get and track coupons and even shop. Norton's cybercrime report also noted that 46 percent of mobile phone owners use their phones to access the Internet. I recently discovered that Norton makes mobile anti-virus software. Who knew?
When I asked representatives at Norton what the biggest concerns were for mobile security, they told me phishing was a big one -- even for iPhone users.
Be safe out there, shoppers.