5 ways to thwart data theft when online shopping Online shopping is convenient, but it’s also appealing to hackers. Nothing’s foolproof, but these safe practices can thwart online data thieves.
Update your software. Software updates address new vulnerabilities. Update operating systems, browsers and shopping apps. Do automatic updates if offered. Be password smart. Reset them often and use a different one on every site—at least 8 characters: upper and lower case letters, numbers, punctuation marks. Don’t save passwords in your browser. Choose two-factor authentication if offered. This asks for additional information logging in. Check Wi-Fi hotspots. Hackers set up hotspots near public Wi-Fi hotspots, using a similar name. Then they monitor all your emails, site logins and social media activities. Before you connect to a public Wi-Fi, ask an employee for the business' full network name, then check it matches the one you access. Look for “https.” If the page address starts with “https” and there’s a padlock icon, it is SSL encrypted. This garbles your data to the bad guys. Use a VPN (virtual private network) service. This routes all your browsing traffic and communications through the VPN server in encrypted format. This is available for computers and smartphones for a modest fee.
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