The holiday season is here. If you still have lots of last minute shopping to do, purchasing gifts online can be a great way to make the best use of your time and take care of all your gifts in one sitting. But hackers are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and network breaches are more prevalent than ever. Therefore, it's important that you take certain steps to protect yourself from becoming an identity theft victim while shopping online this holiday season.
Here are some tips that will help you protect your identity when shopping online:
- Do some research on the websites where you are shopping to make sure they are legitimate and secure. You can use whois.net to find out who owns the website.
- Don't click through to third-party websites unless you trust them.
- Check out the company's profile on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website before you purchase anything from their website.
- Order your credit report shortly after the holidays to make sure the information is accurate. It's free, and it can help you detect activity that might be indicative of identity theft.
- Change your passwords shortly after completing all of your holiday purchases.
- Don't grant access to your computer, laptop, or mobile device if you haven't verified the site you are granting access to.
- Don't store your financial information on your mobile devices or computer.
- Review your statements regularly during the holiday season to make sure that there are no unauthorized charges to your account. If you notice any, dispute them right away.
- Be wary of emails from your financial institution that ask for you to enter sensitive information such as account numbers or passwords. These can often be scams from hackers. If you receive one of these emails, contact your financial institution by phone to address the situation in the email.
- Don't open emails from unfamiliar addresses.
- Make sure the security and antivirus software on your computer is up-to-date.
If you think you may have been a victim of identity theft, it's important to act quickly. Howard Silver has been fighting for the rights of identity theft victims in the Los Angeles area for more than 25 years, and he can help you resolve the issue, recover your money, and restore any damage to your credit score caused by the incident.
Please contact the Law Office of Howard D. Silver today to schedule your free identity theft consultation. Mr. Silver serves clients in Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura, and San Bernardino Counties, California.