How to Protect Your Personal Information When Shopping Online

As more people use the internet to order groceries, gifts and even talk to their doctor, it is important that you take online security seriously to guard your sensitive personal information.

There’s no doubt that the accessibility of online shopping has made our lives easier, however, it also exposes us to several harmful online risks due to sharing sensitive personal information that we’ve become far too comfortable with.

Before you even consider connecting to the Internet, ensure that you protect your computer itself. Keep reading to find out a few tips to protect your computer better, and the information kept on it.

Antivirus Software

If your computer came with it installed, double-check to make sure it’s running, and if not, we’d recommend doing that right away to protect your devices from viruses, malware, and adware.

Use a Password Keeper

We recommend people use a password keeper like LastPass, Dashlane, or a product we use called 1Password to generate, store and retrieve passwords.

Protect Your Hard Drive

First, ensure your hard drive is encrypted. If you’re using a Mac, that means having your FileVault enabled, and on a PC, it would likely be BitLocker.

Backup Your Hard Drive

Ransomware is the number one revenue source for malicious actors. In this exploit, the hacker encrypts all the data on your hard drive and then extorts a payment in return for the decryption key to restore your data.

Browse, Email, Transact and Shop Safely Online

Once you connect to the Web via a secure network, of course on your secured computer, you need to continue to be vigilant and diligent.

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