How To Protect Your Personal Information When Shopping Online

Did you know that 25% of Americans now report a fraud incident during the holidays? 

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. 

Keep reading to find out a few tips to protect your computer better, and the information kept on it. 

Antivirus Software

Make sure you have Antivirus Software enabled on your computer. 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. These password keepers also help you create secure, randomly generated 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. If your computer is stolen, all of the data on your computer is encrypted (or scrambled) and unusable to someone else.