The holiday season is ripe with scammers trying to gain personal information from shoppers. During the pandemic while much of our shopping has shifted to online only, our CEO Ian Marlow shares important quick tips for keeping you and your devices safe.
#1. Make sure a website uses “HTTPS” not just “HTTP.” This means it’s a secure site.
#2. Use trusted payment methods when they are available. For example, ApplePay, Paypal, or through your Amazon membership account.
#3. Make sure to shield your phone when you’re entering your security pin. Now that we’re all wearing masks, face ID isn’t working so well. It’s important that if you’re using a pin number to open your phone, that you’re aware of anyone around you that might be able to see or snap a quick picture of you entering your pin and have easy access to your phone’s information.
#4. Beware of offers made on social media. The Better Business Bureau had many complaints of offers made through social media that turned out not to be legitimate.
On a lasting note, Ian’s advice is “if a deal looks too good to be true, it usually is.”