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Holiday Online Safety

The holiday shopping season is one of the busiest times of the year. This is the time of year when gifts are bought for family and friends at stores and online.  Donations to charitable causes are made.

The holiday shopping season is a prime opportunity for people to take advantage of unsuspecting shoppers through fake websites, malicious links, and even fake charities.

When looking for online deals, be Holiday Safe with these helpful tips.

  • Beware of ads on search engines or social media – Scammers advertise popular items at deep discounts but fail to deliver and steal your payment information.
  • Use legitimate apps – Download retailers’ apps directly from their website to be sure you have the real one. Scammers can create imposter apps to steal your payment information.
  • Choose credit over debit – Protect your right to dispute a charge by paying with a credit card.
  • Secure your internet connection – Avoid using public Wi-Fi networks when shopping online. Check the URLs (especially on the submit payment screen).”

Here are some more Holiday Shopping Tips from the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency: