5 More Ways to Stay Safe this Holiday Season

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Recently, we shared McAfee’s 12 Scams of the Holidays and some important security protections you may be overlooking.

Here are five more steps you can take to protect yourself and loved ones this holiday season. All are recommended by Lenovo security partner McAfee®:

1. Never share a password

If your bank or a service you use asks for your credentials on the phone, hang up. These are people posing as brands. When someone calls to say there’s something wrong with your account, it’s a sure sign someone’s trying to steal your personal information. To stay safe you can call the company at the official main number for verification.

2. Shop with caution

More and more shopping is taking place online, making e-retailers prime targets for cybercriminals. Check online stores’ web addresses and make sure they include “HTTPS” to help keep your credit card info safe with data encryption. McAfee also suggests using one credit card for all your online transactions so it’s easy to spot any purchases you didn’t make. And be wary of shipping notifications during online shopping, as many are fake and intended to steal your data.

Shop safe quick tip: Use one credit card to buy all holiday gifts.  Click to Tweet

3. Bank carefully

People tend to spend more money during the holidays than they do all year. Cyber criminals may use this fact to more easily scam consumers. Be aware of your surroundings when using ATMs and don’t withdraw money if anything looks amiss. Loose wires or machine parts that may have been tampered with could indicate hackers are trying to “fix” the machine for their benefit.

4. Protect your mobile devices

Many mobile apps make it easy to shop on the go and add some fun to your holidays. Before you download anything new, review the app to make sure you know exactly what you’re putting on your device. Avoid anything that’s not available in an official app store or that requests too many permissions. If you use a mobile browser frequently, you can also add an extra layer of protection by installing software such as McAfee SiteAdvisor® to be warned before you access a questionable website.

Did you know? Your smartphone’s a PC that needs protection, too.   Click to Tweet

5. Stay informed

Identity theft happens all year but tends to increase during heavy shopping seasons. Follow breaking stories from official news outlets to stay informed of any new vulnerabilities. This way you can be sure to shop for holiday gifts at retailers you know have not been compromised. Have you received notice of a potential security breach from a store where you’ve shopped? Check your credit card statements frequently to make sure you weren’t affected.

Looking for more tips? Check out McAfee’s 12 Scams of the Holidays list. 

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