Over the last several years, many of the Black Friday shoppers have been diverted toward what appears to be a safer, less chaotic alternative: online shopping. And while the chaos is definitely minimized, the risks are far too easily overlooked. So if you plan to spend Black Friday shopping online (or holding out for Cyber Monday), consider a few simple recommendations to consider as you deal with digital security:
- Before you make an online purchase, look closely at the URL at the top of the page.
If the beginning has a green lock or you can see HTTPS://, then you’re looking at a secure website. If the URL does not have this, that means your information is vulnerable to hackers and anyone searching for loose identities.
- If a deal seems too good to be true, be skeptical. Sometimes a surprisingly good deal is real. But many times they are not. And the times they are not, you could be in for a number of unexpected costs. Being critical makes you a better shopper.
- It’s okay to buy online with credit cards. At this point, consumers would be hard pressed to own a credit card in which the card company was not already being aggressive about suspicious activity on any and all accounts. The digital paper trail is far easier to manage with credit cards than it is with cash.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a personal injury or identity theft, please contact the law offices of Beers and Gordon P.A. for a free consultation. Our firm serves all of Seminole, Orange, Volusia, Lake, and Brevard counties, including Oviedo, Winter Springs, Altamonte Springs, Sanford, Longwood, Winter Park, Lake Mary, and Greater Orlando. Our attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience ready and willing to go the distance on your case. Call us right away at 407-862-1825.