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November 26th, 2012

More Internet Tips for Cyber Monday And Beyond

They say that you can never have too much good advice. So in addition to the excellent set of Safe Holiday Shopping Tips we provided last week, here are three more simple rules of the road for safe and worry-free online experience this holiday season.

1.  You can do more online and through mobile; just don’t do it differently. Doing more of what you normally do isn’t as much a risk as doing different things than you normally do. Try not to change your actual behavior, even though you’re doing more shopping and browsing online and through mobile.  The less you stray from your normal habits, then the less likely you’ll encounter malicious sites, apps, or messages, and the less you’ll fall victim to fraud and other scams.
2.  Scrutinize unusual messages. Be wary when receiving unsolicited or odd messages – even from people you know – and be especially wary if you do decide to act on them. Just like email viruses used to troll your address books, today’s malware will access your social networks. An odd message through your social network may well mean that your friend has been hacked. There will be plenty of scams and attacks that purport to be great last-minute deals, fake holiday cards that ask you to forward along to all your Facebook friends, confirmations or verifications for transactions you never made, and even fake warning messages about scams to avoid. All of these are just different attempts to get you to click on a link.
3.  Don’t log in on a page you got to from an outside link. If a message takes you to a login page for a service that you use, look closely at the URL before entering your credentials. Better yet: just go to the site using your bookmarks or standard “www.xyz.com” address rather than signing in on the page you got to from a link.

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    Shopping online this Christmas? Keep your account details and other information safe when shopping online this Christmas by following our top tips…
    Tip 1: Use trusted sites
    If you have any doubts about whether a site is secure, check it’s reputation online.
    Tip 2: Look for the lock
    If a lock appears where the website address is in your browser it means it’s secure as it has SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption installation. You can also tell it is secure if the website address changes from http:// to http://. Don’t give your personal or card details to any online shop where this doesn’t appear.
    Tip 3: Don’t give away too much information
    Be wary of any site that wants everything from your bank details to your mother’s maiden name, name of your first pet and where you hide your spare key! No company needs all this information to process a transaction online.
    Tip 4: Check your balance regularly
    Keep an eye on your accounts at Christmas – the quicker you spot any strange transactions, the faster we can investigate them.

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    We also offer free account alerts under the ‘Account Services’ tab.

    Set up account alerts
    Ideal if you’re not going to be at home this Christmas. We can tell you by text message, email or both if your account falls below a certain amount or if a large withdrawal has been made on your account.

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