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.

2.      Create 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 symbols.

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.

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