Cyber Monday Safety Tips for Shopping Online Securely

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(Best Syndication News) - AVG Technologies (NYSE:AVG), an Internet virus protection and security software provider, offered tips to ensure secure online shopping, especially on Cyber Monday. Unfortunately, Cyber Monday is also an opportunity for online thieves to steal personal information from consumers.

Identity theft is a real concern. In 2010, around 11.1 million American adults were victims of identity theft, according to the 2012 Identity Fraud Survey Report (Javelin Strategy & Research). The average time spent clearing up identity theft is estimated to be around 330 hours.

With more devices to connect online with, the more potential for security breaches. Mobile Smartphones, tablets, laptops, and personal computers are just a few ways to shop online for deals on Cyber Monday.

JR Smith, CEO of AVG Technologies, explained that if security software is installed on your computer or mobile device, shopping is relatively safe. Additionally, there are some other ways to protect against fraud online.

AVG suggests using only one credit card to make purchases online. The credit card should have a very low limit, such as $500 or less. The credit card should also offer fraud protection. When the credit card bills come in, make sure to go over them and watch for suspicious transactions. If there is an unrecognized transaction, contact the credit card company to investigate and possibly flag the account for fraud.

Avoid using a public Wi-Fi network to shop online. These public networks, found at airports, restaurants, and hotels, provide an easy gateway for hackers to get personal information.

Mobile devices, such as laptops, tablets, or Smartphones, should have a password. There should be remote locking and wiping capabilities on the phone too. That way, if the device is stolen, the thief will not be on a shopping spree with your personal information.

Shop only at online stores that you trust and who use SSL protocol. During checkout, there should be an https in the URL address. The “s” on the URL signifies that it is a secure connection. If the SSL registration does not match, a window will pop up to notify the user of the problem. If the names do not match on the certificate with the website you are shopping at, it might not be safe to continue the transaction.

AVG suggests installing their AVG Internet Security 2013 software on your computer, and AVG Mobilation on your Smartphone. There are also other virus and firewall software products available. Additionally, make sure that the virus and firewall software are up-to-date and that the scans have been running on a regular basis.

By: Julie Marcus
Science and Technology Writer

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