Black Friday is over and now, as we prepare for Cyber Monday, AVG Technologies has suggested the following five DON’Ts to keep you safe from cyber-criminals.
- ‘Tis the season for giving, but don’t give away your personal data!: There is no reason to disclose your address, phone number and credit card information if you are trying to get something for free via the Internet. Never respond to emails that request you provide your credit card info via email — and don’t ever respond to emails that ask you to go to a website to verify personal (and credit card) information—AKA ‘phishing’ scams. Your dedicated shopping e-mail account should be in no way affiliated with your personal, everyday e-mail account. Also, keep records of your online shopping – print confirmation pages and e-mail confirmations.
- Don’t let your antivirus security software expire: A first step for all consumers is to ensure their PCs or Macs are protected, and updated, with the latest anti-malware technology, specifically making sure browser security enhancements are configured and enabled in AV software. To use the Free version of AVG 2011, which has all of the core advancements of security protection, consumers can visit www.free.avg.com
- Don’t settle for the top results of your search: Advertisers and marketers work diligently to place their tricky deals to the very top of search results, hoping you’ll assume the stuff on top is the best. If you decide to scope out whatever pops up first, be extra careful and use common sense.
- Don’t become password complacent: As the end of the year approaches, don’t rely on the familiarity of your current passwords, switch up your passwords on your credit card and bank accounts. Also, refresh your e-mail accounts with an updated, unique password. Write them down and keep the information in a secure location.
- Don’t use multiple credit cards: It’s much easier to track transactions and detect suspicious activity if you limit the number of credit cards you use to one or two. Make sure each card offers identity theft protection.