@RegisUniversity cyber security experts offer 8 safe shopping tips for #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday

November 24, 2014

It’s almost time; the busy holiday shopping will soon be upon us.  Regis University’s College of Computer & Information Sciences (CC&IS) cyber security experts offer the following tips to keep you safe this shopping season.

  1. Choose credit over debit. Credit cards offer protection from identity theft that debit cards don’t.
  2. Use Pre-paid credit cards or gift cards.
  3. Shop on secured websites. Look for the lock. You can tell if a site is secure by the URL. A secure website starts with HTTPS:// instead of HTTP://. Secure sites will also have a small lock icon in the lower right corner of the screen.
  4. Don’t shop on public Wi-Fi networks. If you plan to do any shopping online, do it at home.
  5. Don’t store information elsewhere. Many shopping sites, even the major ones, offer you the ability to save your credit card information on their servers to speed the shopping process.
  6. Don’t tell all. No online shopping site needs social security numbers or your birth date.
  7. Protect your computer. Use antivirus software programs to protect your computers and networks.
  8. Monitor your account statements. Be sure you were charged only for what you paid for.

Regis’ College of Computer & and Information Sciences is the premier Colorado institution delivering innovative computer and information sciences education. Through industry engagement and accredited programs, students learn more than just technical skills and engage in understanding the impact of technology in an increasingly digital world.  

Regis University, inspired by its Jesuit Catholic heritage, has been committed to academic excellence, personal development and community engagement since its founding in 1877. Based in Denver, Regis provides a values-based liberal arts education offering professional certifications and degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels.