Safety Tips for Cyber Monday


Even if you survived the Black Friday shopping frenzy, it isn’t too late to make sure you protect yourself during Cyber Monday.  See 8 tips to ensure safe shopping online. 

  • Make sure your antivirus and malware protection software is up to date.
  • Update your browser.
  • Don’t click unknown links in your email.
  • Don’t use public computers and unsecured wireless connections.
  • Save or print all payment confirmations.
  • Use your credit card, not your debit card.
  • Update your passwords frequently.
  • Shop only on encrypted sites.  Websites that begin with “https” are encrypted, rather than just “http.”

 These tips should be followed during Cyber Monday (and really everyday) to help prevent identity thieves from accessing your personal information online.  Shop smart, and be safe!


More Password Tips


We routinely post about how important it is to have a strong password.  This recent article gives even more tips on how to prevent hackers from discovering your password.  Some tips are:

  • Don’t pick words that show up in the Dictionary
  • Never use the same Password for multiple sites
  • Consider using a Passphrase- a longer phrase instead of just a word
  • Use multiple browsers when surfing the web

Troubles of Medical Identity Theft


An article today describes the nightmare that medical identity theft can be. Unlike other forms of identity theft, medical identity theft has consequences that can last a lifetime. 

 The harm of medical identity thieves is that their medical history can be linked to the victim’s own history. That could have serious healthcare ramifications for the victim. If incorrect medical histories are tied to the victim, it might hurt the victim’s chances for getting affordable health insurance. 

 As always, PrivacyGuard wants to remind you to protect yourself and your identity!  

A note on Voting

There's been lots of discussion about ID Theft scams related to the election.

As a brief reminder, if you get to the registration table and the folks working say you've already voted, you may be in danger of being a victim.


Beware of fake charities

While Hurricane Sandy has come and gone, leaving the East Coast (and the Northeast in particular) in rough shape, scammers have launched fake charity sites to accept donations.

Donations that go directly into the scammers' pockets.

If you're looking to help out in the aftermath, be careful of the charities you give to. If it isn't a charity you've heard of soliciting your donation, just simply find another charity to give you.

If you're very concerned, you'll never go wrong donating the the Red Cross.