Don’t End Up in the Red Due to Identity Theft

Online shopping is popular during the holiday season because of the ability to purchase gifts from the comfort of your home or on-the-go using a mobile device. In 2020, holiday shopping online has increase by 37.1% compared to the previous year. If you’re choosing to shop online this year, make sure to check these seven steps off your shopping list.

Keep a Clean Machine

Smartphones and other devices you use for shopping should have up-to-date software.

When in Doubt, Throw it Out

If an email looks suspicious, it’s best to delete it.

Get Savvy about Wi-Fi Hotspots

Don’t share personal or financial information over public Wi-Fi network.

Make Sure the Site is Legitimate

Web browsers should display a closed padlock or a URL beginning with https.

Create Strong Passwords

Use a combination of lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers and symbols. Don’t use the same password on multiple accounts or personal information that other can find or guess.

 Protect Your Personal Information

Don’t give more information than necessary. Check the website’s privacy policy to understand how your information will be used.

Keep a Paper Trail

Save records of your online transactions. Read your credit card statement and report any discrepancies immediately.

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If someone steals your identity, will help you restore your credit history and rebuild your reputation. For only $20 a YEAR, ERIE’s Identity Recovery endorsement provides up to $25,000 worth of coverage for both fraud and expense reimbursement.

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Source: Digital Commerce 360 analysis of U.S. Department of Commerce data

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