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While reading this {like I have to again, dang right do it again} I thought why not share this as some might need a refreshing course.... P.S. don't tell Norton..

Safe Online Shopping Tips for the Holiday Season

By: Nadia_Kovacs30 Admin Employee Posted: 14-Oct-2016 | 5:00PM ē 0

The shopping season is coming and if youíre a modern consumer youíre going to be doing at least some of your holiday shopping online. The problem is that some of the most dangerous places on the web arenít places selling products and services. So while that super special deal on the hottest new toy or gadget might seem hard to resist, youíll be paying for it time and again if you purchase from a compromised website.

One of the worst things that can happen when youíre using the Internet is for your financial information to be compromised, but thatís exactly what can happen when you use the Internet for purchases. A third-party attacker can gain access to your financial information and wreak havoc on your bank account through malicious or fake websites.

If you plan to do any online shopping this year, itís important to know how to identify a secure online website. The best way to protect yourself from cybercriminals is to be educated about online shopping threats, and the recourses available to you.

What are fake and malicious websites?

A malicious website is a site that attempts to install malware onto your device for the purpose of stealing personal and financial information.

Fake websites are websites designed to look like legitimate websites, and can be disguised in a myriad of ways- popular online retailers, online banking portals, ďmom and popĒ e-commerce websites and more. However, these websites are just a scam looking to grab your financial and personal information leaving you with a drained bank account in return.

​Ways to Stay Safe When Shopping This Holiday Season

Cybersecurity is a two-pronged approach. While an Internet security suite can catch many of the digital threats out there, itís also up to you to educate yourself about the other threats that are harder for Internet security suites canít catch.


Only use websites with HTTPS, the most secure way of conducting commerce on the Internet. Learn about how to determine a secure connection between a personal device and company website by understanding what SSL certificates are and how to recognize them.

If a website seems off, looks like itís installing something or is asking permission to install codecs, youíre better off closing the tab and looking for the content elsewhere.

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Use a VPN when you browse. This encrypts your traffic so even if someone manages to eavesdrop, theyíll just have a bunch of encrypted data. VPNs, or virtual private networks, like Norton WiFi Privacy can turn Wi-Fi into secured private connections.

Always update your applications, most importantly your operating system and your security suite. Hackers use known security exploits, so when you update youíre closing the easiest door into your network.

And now comes the sales pitch..

Use a secure search engine such as Norton Safe Search. Norton Safe Search actively searches the web for the latest and most malicious security threats and leverages our online community to find compromised websites. Best of all, itís free to use!

The gold standard is a full-service Internet security suite. Simple anti-virus programs arenít enough anymore. A full-service security suite will keep you safe from emerging threats.

While nothing can keep you completely safe, Norton Safe Search, coupled with Nortonís full-service Internet security suite, goes a long way toward keeping you from being an easy target.

Online shopping doesnít have to be risky. With just a few simple precautions you can keep your family finances safe.

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The Basic Steps to Online Safety and Security

If youíre like most people, you use more than one device to access the Internet. This means cybercriminals have more doorways to your private informationĖsomething antivirus alone canít stop. Find out what to look for in online threats.
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Thank you for this post. I was reading about this topic from my bank https://www.aspirefcu.org/blog/secur...oliday-season/ and got his topic when searched for further reading.

As you said , I never try to buy things from sites which are not in Https format. Hackers can do Man in the middle attack and steal our banking credentials.
Only good awareness campaigns can save our parents as most of the old aged peoples can easily be their victims.
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That and the old Mafia we don't hear much about today is still in action but much less strong as in man power. Well they as well as others that do big money yet leave no trace, by buying bank accounts by the thousands at each bank.

They take a few cents from each account every month (while always adding more account to their collection each week)

Now at 4 cents up to 50 cents {depending) an account times 220,000 accounts at one major bank and they have say 5 major banks with the same or a bit more accounts at each.

Say twice a month they make withdrawals of $00.04 for accounts with less than
$2,000.00 and increase this up to $00.50 for accounts larger and have auto deposits of $4,000.00 per month or more.

A decent haul each month.. Have you ever had a problem trying to balance a bank account that is off by a few cents to 50 cents. Once, twice you try and say oh well forget it. Right..

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As I said groups and a loner get ID's by lots or how the sellers group/bundle many parts of ID for sale. And they go for cheap. Out of this 400 million if it was one hacker he would make selling these items underground on the web $3.50 to $5.00 for a large bundle.

I don't know the size of the lots or bundles, but they are over a thousand per as I understand it.

This is a short read at Norton's site.

Over 400 Million Accounts Breached From FriendFinder Networks Inc.

FriendFinder is a group of sites so you might not know your part of FriendFinder so if your reading this then finish at their site. read this...


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