Monthly Security Tips: Tis the Season for Online Shopping

This holiday season, are you planning to shop online to avoid the hustle and bustle of busy stores? Maybe you just want to dodge the holiday music already playing at the mall. No matter what drives you to the Internet during this gift-giving season, be sure you shop smartly.

The November edition of OUCH!, a monthly security awareness newsletter from the cybersecurity experts at SANS Institute, spells out ways to stay safe when shopping online. SANS reminds you to verify that websites are legitimate before making a purchase and to monitor your credit card statements throughout the shopping season. Using a separate credit card (and maybe even a separate mobile device) just for online shopping can be a great way to help you watch out for cyber Scrooges.

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