This year has seen some of the largest numbers ever for the amount of online shopping that has taken place. And while shopping online can help consumers avoid crowds and find great deals, it can also expose them to identity thieves. Shopping online can provide identity thieves with all of the information they need to take advantage of consumers such as credit card numbers, passwords, and shipping addresses. To avoid becoming a victim of identity theft this holiday season, Identity Theft 911 is advising online shoppers to use the following safety precautions:
- Online shop only on secure websites. These sites are marked by an “https” URL and have a digital certificate to show visitors their legitimacy.
- Make sure to spell website names correctly to avoid logging onto identity theft trap sites meant to trick visitors into believing they are on the correct page.
- Use different passwords for different accounts in order to prevent hackers from gaining access to all of your information.
- Do not save personal information on retail sites. While convenient, thieves could steal your identity directly or as part of a mass hacking that accesses the information of thousands of users.
- Never send payment information by email. It is not secure and easily accessed by hackers.
- Use security features on mobile phones used for shopping and antivirus and firewall software on computers to provide a defense against thieves.
If you or a loved one has fallen prey to an identity thief and are being pursued by creditors for debts that are not yours, Riverside County identity theft victim attorney Howard D. Silver can help. For a free consultation about your case, call us today at (855) 341-2611.