By Jessica Walker
It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving is over, Black Friday is coming to a close and online shoppers are looking forward to Cyber Monday for those online holiday deals. While you are looking for that gift for your special someone, criminals are getting ready too; however, with a little preparation you can make online shopping a safe and enjoyable experience.
According to an article written by Tacoma Perry, “Criminals are opportunists. It’s a great time of the year, they know people will be shopping online,” said Ben Halpert, a certified information systems security professional.
Halpert says before you do any clicking, start with a secure foundation. That means updating your operating system and anti-virus software.
“Those nagging little pop-up boxes that say click here to install,” explained Halpert. “Make sure you click to install, make sure they’re up to date.”
To continue reading Halpert’s recommendations for a safer online holiday experience please visit Fox News Atlanta.
It’s always worth the additional time spent doing your homework before making impulse purchases online. Research may not only help protect you from identity theft, but you may also find a better deal.
Until next time, here’s to keeping you Safer in the City!
About Jessica Walker~”Safer in the City” columnist I was very excited when asked to write a column for saferdates.com. I’ve been influenced by safety and self-defense pretty much my whole life. While other girls were making macaroni necklaces in Girl Scouts, I was sparring with boys, breaking boards and doing knuckle push-ups on cement in Tae Kwon Do class. Read my column titled Safer in the City.
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