Shop Safe on Cyber Monday

Online shopping has become the preferred purchasing method for customers who want to avoid in-store crowds during the holidays. While the Internet offers convenience, it also gives hackers the chance to access the personal and financial information of unsuspecting shoppers.

Don’t let the ease of online shopping ruin your Cyber Monday activities onNovember 30. The Department of Homeland Security offers tips to stay safe while shopping online, including:

  • Use secure websites for purchases;
  • Shop with companies you know and trust;
  • Keep personal information private and passwords secure; and
  • Use anti-virus software, a firewall, and anti-spyware software.

Cyber security is a shared responsibility. Visit the DHS Stop.Think.Connect. website for more ways to make using the Internet a safer experience this gift-giving season and throughout the year.

Source: U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)