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Security Update: Stop & Think when Shopping Online

The busiest shopping time of the year is upon us and many are apt to choose the convenience — as well as time savings & lack of crowds, just to name a couple things — of going online.

To make the most of your experience and protect yourself along the way, here are some tips:

Keep it clean: All the devices you use when you buy via the Internet, including smartphones and tablets, should have up-to-date software for security, operating systems, programs and apps.

When in doubt, throw it out: Links in emails, posts, and unwanted pop-up ads are often how cybercriminals compromise your data. If it looks suspicious, it’s best to hit delete.

Think before buying: Be wary of communications that offer deals too good to be true or those that implore you to act immediately.

Make sure it’s legit: Reputable sites always include a closed padlock on your browser’s address bar or a URL address that begins with :shttp or :https. This indicates purchases are encrypted & secure.

Keep a paper trail: Save records of your transactions, including the product description, price, receipt, terms of the sale, and copies of email exchanges with the seller.

And be sure to visit us here for more information and additional updates regarding how America First is working to guard your personal and financial resources.