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Protect your identity this Black Friday and Cyber Monday

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Each year, Black Friday and Cyber Monday account for a whirlwind of online sales. Consumers purchasing holiday gifts online should be aware of the various threats that they face and consider the following tips for safe and successful online shopping. Corey Nachreiner, CTO of WatchGuard Technologies stopped by Q13 FOX News This Morning to talk about those tips.

  • Beware of email deal scams
    • Be careful about deals that are too good to be true (hiding amongst legit sales)
    • Avoid popups or things offering a free download
    • Type in URLS instead of clicking links
  •  Look for the green lock in your browser when shopping
    • Do online research on new shopping sites
  • Use two-factor authentication on popular sites
    • Amazon just added it.
    • Use PayPal along with 2-factor authentication to avoid directly involving credit card information
  • Armor up your system before weathering the online storm
    • Check that patches are up to date
    • Make sure to have firewall and antivirus running and up to date
  • Be aware of “Malvertising” this holiday season
    • Bad actors are using legitimate online advertising services to sneak malicious content into legitimate websites

Click here for more from WatchGuard Technologies.