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These days, any discussion on security during the shopping season must include a combination of both online security and security for yourself when you’re out and about. 

Pictured above is a mall parking lot at night--a prime breeding ground for crime.

People are simply using both of these methods, with more and more online shopping happening every year.  But inevitably, trips still need to be made to the mall as well, so we hope these various holiday security tips help during the upcoming holiday season.

First, the “out and about” tips:

1. When shopping at night, certainly park under lights when possible, not near dumpsters, trees or other obstructions.  Try to shop with someone.

2. Before you get in your car in the parking lot, look in the back seat and other parts of your car.

3. Have your keys ready when you arrive at your vehicle so you don’t have to spend time fumbling for them.  Don’t be afraid to ask for an escort from the mall or the store security or personnel.

4. Try not to carry cash when you can.  Instead, use credit cards but don’t let the clerk leave your sight when you’re purchasing with them.  Have them swipe in front of you.

5. Pickpockets are prevalent because malls are crowded.  Carry purses tightly under arms and try to carry your wallet in your front pocket.

6. Keep photocopies of your credit cards, license and other wallet contents in a safe location not only before you shop, but all the time.

7. Carry your keys, cash and credit cards separate from one another.

8. Pick your ATM’s carefully.  Don’t use those in remote locations and be careful with crowded units where people can look over your shoulder.  Also, be careful if you’re alone or there’s just one other person.  Try to withdraw your cash in a safe, well-lit area before you shop, or when you have a partner with you.  In summary, use common sense and be safe.

Now for a few Online Security Tips:

9. Watch out for enticing email links, such as great sales—especially from people you know.  A friend’s computer may have been infected and his or her address book was scoured.  Then, emails were sent out with links that will be sent to you and if you open them, they could infect your system or “phish” for your sensitive financial information.

10. Make sure “https” (as opposed to “http”) appears at the beginning of the url field at the top of your browser when you’re purchasing items online.  The “s” stands for secure and means the page is encrypted for your internet financial safety.

11. Use credit cards instead of debit cards when purchasing online whenever possible.  Credit cards offer protection against fraud—you can be reimbursed in most cases when proper procedures are followed.  With debit cards, thieves have access to your cash and can empty your account without that same protection.

Instead of letting all the potential security issues in this article put a damper on your holiday season, look on the bright're now armed with plenty of tips that'll enable you enjoy this festive time even more!


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