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TORONTO, ON, December 9, 2021

The Holiday Season is finally here! And while you spend time creating holiday cheer, fraudsters are busy spreading online shopping fear.

If you’re like 70% of Canadians, most of your holiday shopping will be done online this year. By taking a few simple steps, you can help to ensure that your identity and financial information stays safe and the holiday season remains enjoyable while spreading cheer to friends and family.

Three tips for safer online shopping:

  • Don’t use public WiFi. Public networks make it easier for hackers to intercept your data and steal your sensitive information. If you’re going to enter your credit card information or other sensitive data on your phone or computer, do it at home on your own private network, or use a secure virtual private network (VPN) connection.
  • Only shop on secure sites that you trust. Only purchase from well-known retailers that use HTTPS rather than HTTP. HTTPS indicates that the website uses a secured connection while HTTP doesn’t, and your information can easily be intercepted and stolen. And remember – if that deal you find seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Use trusted payment menthods. For better fraud protection, use a credit card or a trusted app like PayPal to pay for your online purchases. Using one of these payment methods means you can file a claim if the transaction is fraudulent.

And if you prefer to do your shopping in person, don’t forget about the low-tech thieves.

  • Be aware of what’s going on around you to protect your purse or wallet when you go out.
  • Limit the number of cards and the amount of information you carry to reduce your risk of identity theft.
  • Be sure to register your credit cards on our website so we can help you cancel your cards as quickly as possible if they are lost or stolen.

We hope these tips will help you stay safe online and off so you can spend some stress-free time with your friends and family this holiday season. Happy Holidays!

Find out more about ID Assist and how it can help protect you from identity fraud at www.idassist.com.

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