7 tips for any online purchase

How to stay safe when buying online for Black Friday or in everyday life? Avast brings you 7 valuable tips.

It's official - more than half of the country made holiday purchases online last year, and that number will only climb this year. How can you beat the convenience?

Forget driving around the city for different stores, and do not get me started on parking issues. You can find the best deals online, and please your loved ones.

Most people love this wonderful way of shopping in the 21st century. The only disadvantage is that cybercriminals know that people love it.

Each year brings new opportunities for these grumpy people to set up their latest projects to redirect your holidays in their pockets.

The good news is that you only need to be vigilant to beat them. Learn and live these seven tips daily by flipping your virtual shopping cart in the biggest store in the world: the Internet.

1. Protect your system

Of course, you are free to make your holiday shopping online, but your computer should have the best possible protection. If you have not installed any antivirus software yet, this is the perfect opportunity to jump to online security.

A powerful antivirus software blocks attack software malware so you can stay focused on the tasks at hand. Good protection should not cost a penny - download a free antivirus now and save your money to buy even more gifts!

2. Stay private - especially in public

While we do not recommend online shopping or banking on the public Wi-Fi network, it is sometimes necessary to keep up with the hectic pace of a vacation. In these cases, VPNs are a good choice for layered security, especially critical for any online activity on public Wi-Fi.

3. Buy only on secure sites

Cybercriminals have become sophisticated enough to disguise themselves as major brands and to deceive people by passing on their personal data.

Avoid these pitfalls by checking that you are on the right track. Make sure the spelling is correct, for example, "bloomingdales.com" and not "bloomingdale.com", and check that the logo and colors are correct.

In addition, check the address bar of your browser to confirm that you are on a secure site. Renowned e-commerce sites will always use Secure Socket Layer ( SSL) encryption to protect the transaction, which is indicated by a URL that starts with HTTPS (not HTTP). If the "S" is not present, get out of there and shop on a website that has it.

Be sure to look for the padlock lock icon and the word "secure" or "secure" on the left of the URL to confirm again that the site is secure.

4. Make payment as a guest

Many online shopping sites require you to register before finalizing your shopping cart. The goal is to get your e-mail address to offer you future offers, and most of the time these registrations are optional. Stay in the guest mode as often as you can when shopping online. The less personal information you have floating on the net, the less chance your data will be stolen.

After all, legitimate shopping sites should only need your credit card and billing and shipping addresses. So, if they ask for things like your date of birth, your social security number, etc., pay attention.

In addition, once you have entered your payment information, select the option NOT to store this data.

5. Use a third-party payment site

PayPal, ApplePay, and AndroidPay are some examples of third-party sites that can serve as a virtual debit card. Using services like these will save you from having to enter, re-enter, and re-enter your credit card numbers again throughout your shopping session. They do not share your payment information, which allows you to better control who has access to this data.

6. Limit yourself

If you choose to use your credit card instead of a third-party site, use a credit limit card. That way, if your payment details are compromised, the damage will be as limited as the card is. Better yet, use a card that you have reserved for year-end purchases only. A quick glance at the card count will show you if something is wrong.

7. Stay up to date

The world of cybercrime is changing day by day. Staying on top is possible, but only if you stay abreast of each software update as they become available. Apple and Windows continually publish updates and security patches updates to fight against threats dominant. Keep your system up to date!

Ensuring that your data does not fall into the wrong hands is simply about managing it

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