Tips to Keep You Safe Online This Holiday Season

November 30, 2023


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Tips to Keep You Safe Online This Holiday Season

I want to give you a few tips on how to keep safe online this holiday season.  Now that we are all stuffed with Turkey, the Holiday shopping season is in full swing. Last night as I was running an errand with my almost 13 year old daughter, we drove through the Meriden Mall parking lot.  While in years past, it would be difficult to find a parking spot during this time of year, now it is more surprising to see a car in the parking lot.  This shift in the way we shop and U.S. consumers' comfort with online shopping is evident in that 93% of holiday shoppers will buy at least some gifts online, including about half (47%) who will buy all or most of their gifts online. 

To help keep you safe this holiday shopping season I have a few simple tip to help keep you safe.

Stay Up to Date

We’ve all been there. You’re scrolling through your phone, computer, or tablet, and a notification pops up.

“Update Me!”

While that isn’t the exact wording, the meaning is the same. Something wants to be updated to the most recent version. But the banner gets in your way, and you tab it to the side, thinking you will get to it later.

Then we forget it.

This doesn’t seem like a big deal. But it turns out updating your programs can be one of the easiest ways to make your life safer in the long run.

Some software updates contain security measures that help patch vulnerabilities that could lead to a cyberattack. They may include safety features that help keep intruders out if your phone is hacked or stolen.

So the next time you get an annoying pop-up asking for an update, take the extra time and get your device up to speed.

It could be the easiest security upgrade you ever have.

PRO TIP: Some antivirus programs can check your device for updates and keep you current (though it may cost extra, so read up before you click).

A Few Other Tips

Now that your systems are up to date, there are some habits you can adopt to safeguard your digital life.

  • Stop - First, take a moment to evaluate your current security measures. Do you use two-factor authorization (2FA) whenever possible? What about a password manager? Do your research and put these measures in place.
  • Think - Before clicking a link or posting on social media, consider the information you may be accessing or sharing. A hacker can use minor details to target you or your loved ones.
  • Connect - Don’t go on auto-pilot: monitor your online accounts and devices. Make sure to change your passwords periodically, especially if you get an alert about unusual account activity.

By staying alert to these details, you can browse the web with a little more peace of mind.

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