The turkey has yet to hit the table, but in many places the
shopping season has already begun. Here is our guidance on how to stay safe
when you shop online, plus links to more detailed information.
1. Defend your
computer with updated firewall, antivirus, and antispyware software and
password-protect your wireless connection at home.
strong passwords for all online accounts, particularly those used for
banking or shopping. A strong password is at least eight characters long and includes letters, numbers and
3. Look for https ("s"
stands for secure) in the web address (URL) and a closed padlock beside it or
in the lower right corner of your browser.
For more information: