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11/9/2020
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7 Online Shopping Tips for the Holidays

The holidays are right around the corner, and that means plenty of online shopping. These tips will help keep you safe.
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Sure, we may not be having large, extended family gatherings this Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's, but one thing the pandemic can't stop us from is shopping online. And that seems to be the plan, with online sales predicted to reach $189 billion this year, up 33% over 2019.

It's already pretty clear the hackers can't wait to take advantage. Since early September, FortiGuard Labs has tracked a very steady, consistent wave of e-commerce attacks: More than 200 e-commerce organizations – on average – are targeted daily.

Consumers can have fun shopping this holiday season – but they also need to take precautions and understand that attackers lie in wait.

The following seven online shopping and cyber-hygiene tips can help you stay safe as you get ready to buy. The good news: Sooner or later, 2020 will end. Better that it ends without you getting hacked.

 

Steve Zurier has more than 30 years of journalism and publishing experience and has covered networking, security, and IT as a writer and editor since 1992. Steve is based in Columbia, Md. View Full Bio
 

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