Tax season is a confusing time. In the midst of a paperwork blizzard, it seems that everyone needs triplicate copies of every document. It’s not unusual for someone to lose a copy of an important document and need it to be re-issued. Of course, everyone’s busy enough that no one wants to double check.
We’ve all been there. It’s been a long day of shopping at the mall, or waiting in an airport, or driving across the country, and we finally get a chance to pull out our phones or laptops and look for WiFi. Good news: You’ve found one that doesn’t require a password! Free WiFi saves the day. You click accept and head to your favorite place to watch videos of kittens, or whatever people normally do on the Internet … we mostly watch kittens.
Just about every article you read about fraud, security and identity theft is based on the idea that with increased technology comes increased security. Unfortunately, some of the greatest vulnerabilities come from low-tech attacks.
We’ve all had that moment when we were shopping on eBay at 3 a.m. and spotted the deal of the century - an Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch for just $100? That’s the watch that’s been on the moon! Then we realize the price is too good to be true when we see that our newest find will ship from the other side of the planet and the listing features mysteriously blurry photos that obscure key details.
Shopping online is a pleasure. No traffic, no crowds, no searching for a parking spot, but you still need to protect yourself. While shopping on legitimate, well-known sites belonging to your favorite department store or specialty shop is probably not going to be a problem, lesser-known sites that come up when you’re looking for a bargain and Googling something specific could be places for concern. The same can be said for auction sites such as eBay and uBid.
Here’s what you can do to see to it that all of your online shopping is as secure as a trip to the mall:
With identity theft on everyone’s minds these days, it’s not hard to see why e-statements are something you might hesitate to sign up for. After all, cyberspace is kind of big and scary and full of shady characters, right?
Who knows how many people could get their hands on your credit union statement if you opt for e-statements?
Actually, probably a lot less than the number of people who could get their hands on your paper statement.