Holiday Tips: Keeping Digital Shopping Merry and Bright

Here are some helpful tips when shopping from electronic devices this holiday season

  •  Fake Ads – Holiday shopping brings a rise in fake ads being published for “trendy” or “viral” products on social media. Often, these ads require you to leave the social media site to a malicious website immediately, prompting for your credit card or banking information. Attackers attempt to make this process as fast as possible to catch you off-guard.
  • “Too Good to Be True” Deals It probably is. – Be aware of deals that seem too good to be true. Scammers often publish a popular product on a fake site at a crazy price to gather your financial information.
  • Trusted Sites AND Trusted Sellers – We all are familiar with Amazon, Target, and Walmart, but not every item on their website is sold by them. All of these sites allow third-party sellers to use their websites. These sites provide secure purchasing methods but cannot guarantee that the products are legitimate or priced appropriately. Be aware of the seller you are purchasing from on popular sites. You can often use filters to remove the third-party options.
  • Protect Your Bank and Debit Card Information With the SecurLock Equip app – Download the SecurLock Equip app to monitor your debit card activity with real-time transaction alerts. Its free and easy to use from your mobile device.