Tip 1: Make sure children don’t have access to an unattended device where purchases can be made.
Parents need to work with children on their ‘wish list’. In the past, children used to ‘dog-ear’ pages of catalogues, but now it’s online. There are stories of children putting items on wish lists, and then accidentally or on purpose (it depends on whom you ask!), the item was purchased.
Tip 2: Have a separate account for online shopping credit cards that’s not connected to your primary accounts.
A pre-paid card or a limited credit card can help you avoid losing larger sums if your card gets compromised online. It also helps you stick to a budget.
Tip 3: Change passwords before the holidays and then change them again after. Or even better, use a password manager.
Choosing your password is perhaps one of the easiest, yet most challenging security measures that you can do. The objective is to remember it without writing it on a post-it that you keep next to your computer, but also making it complex enough that it is not easy for hackers to gain access to your computer.
Tip 4: If you’re buying computers or other digital devices, make sure to get products to protect them as well, and make sure to install and configure them before the devices go online!
If you have new digital devices planned for holiday gifts, don’t forget the security products to help protect them. Unprotected devices can be infected in less than five minutes.
Use family-safe software and tools. No single technology solution meets the needs of every family, so explore the many different tools that can help you keep your children safe online.
Use an internet firewall at all times. The firewall is your first line of defence in protecting your computer because it helps to obscure your devices to online attackers and many types of malicious software.
Keep your operating system up to date; enable its automatic update features. Cybercriminals are constantly at work devising new ways to attack your computer and invade your privacy.
Maintain antivirus and antispyware software. Antivirus and antispyware software help to protect your computer by scanning email, applications, and data that resides on your computer. Strong antivirus and spyware programs can detect and remove viruses and spyware before they have a chance to damage your devices.
Tip 5: Update your products (security and firmware updates that are available between the time the product is made and when you set it up), patches, etc.
If you remember to keep your software and firmware up-to-date, you can help protect your computer and digital devices and keep your computer and digital devices more secure.