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Cyber Monday Warning from DHS

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December 2, 2013 — Indiana’s Department of Homeland Security is offering online precautions for “cyber Monday” activity.

It says online holiday sales are expected to reach $82-billion this year, up 15% from last year.  It advises consumers that shopping online not only during the holiday season, but throughout the year, requires technical and personal security because thieves can gain access to bank account and personal information.

It offers online shopping safety tips to help keep personal information secure from hackers and online criminals.

  • Keep any virus protection or other computer security software updated on the computer that will be used for online shopping.
  • Make sure the Internet connection is secure.
  • Use complex passwords to safeguard personal information like credit card numbers and billing addresses. A combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters offers the most protection.
  • Avoid visiting unknown web pages. Stick to shopping only well-known, reputable sites.
  • When making online purchases with a credit or debit card, use a secure online escrow broker to provide payment.
  • If available, consider using a virtual credit card service. Many banks offer this service. Virtual credit cards can only be used once and usually expire in 24 hours.

Indiana’s DHS offers more online shopping and holiday safety tips at


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