Protect yourself on Cyber Monday

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Many of you will be logging onto your devices this Cyber Monday to get a good deal on items you didn’t get over the weekend in stores.  We’re helping you stretch your dollar with a warning about cyber mistakes that could make you a target.

You’ll likely be getting alerts in your email and to your phone throughout the day but be smart before you hand over your personal information. On cyber Monday, the deals are at your fingertips. Before you sit down to shop, Quinnipiac’s Chief Information security officer suggests you make sure your operating system is up to date.

“When we talk about hackers or cyber criminals, they look for vulnerabilities in these operating systems and these operations. So if your browser isn’t the most current, there may be a vulnerability in that and when you land on that website, if that website is infected, it could infect your computer,” Kelly said.

Beware of bogus sites. It’s better if you manually type in web addresses, rather than clicking on links that “appear” to be familiar sites. Also, look for the “https” in the address bar before you hand over your information to be sure the site is secure.

It also may pay to shop on a device you’ve never shopped on before.

“Your past purchase history could impact your shopping. If they know you pay full price for thing, you’re less apt to get a discount. Where someone who only buys when there’s a discount might get those offers. So retailers know a lot about you based on what your browsing history has been in the past,” Kelly added.

While it may be tempting to shop while at work or out somewhere, it’s a lot safer to shop in your own private Wi-Fi. When you get into public Wi-Fi, it’s a lot easier for people to track what you’re doing and what account information you’re typing in.

If you do make purchases online today, do yourself a favor and monitor your bank accounts closely! That way you can quickly catch any unusual activity.

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