Online Shopping: Be SafeSubmitted by Karstens Investments on May 15th, 2017
By Ryne J. Bessmer, AIF®
Use Mobile Applications With Caution: As smartphones and tablets continue to dominate the marketplace for online shop- ping, so too will the volume of attacks against them. Make sure that your apps are updated often and when making online purchases, keep your Bluetooth settings turned off to reduce the risk of your data being intercepted by a nearby device.
Look For “https” Before You Click “Purchase”: Before you click submit on your onine transaction, make sure that the webpage address begins with “https.” The “s” stands for secure, and indicates that com- munication with the webpage is encrypted. A padlock or key icon in the browser’s status bar is another indicator. Also, make sure that your browser, whether on your computer or your phone is up to date.