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Shopping Safely Online

December 3, 2019

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Holiday shopping ramps up this month, and cybercriminals eagerly take advantage of unsuspecting shoppers! Take appropriate precautions as you browse for gifts online and make purchases:

  • Use reputable websites for purchases: beware of scam websites or vendors who may not be well known and don’t always jump at the lowest price.
  • Make sure your information is encrypted: look for websites that begin with “https:” instead of “http:”. Such sites may also include a closed padlock icon.
  • Use a credit card, rather than a debit card: laws and regulations may limit your liability for fraudulent purchases on credit cards, but this may not be the case for debit cards. If a thief obtains your debit card number, your account could be wiped out!
  • Check your bank, credit and debit card statements regularly: this way, you’ll catch suspected theft or compromise sooner, rather than waiting for the bill to come.
  • Beware of phishing and links in unsolicited emails.
  • Check your apps: know what each application does with your data and check the privacy policies. Avoid saving your credit card data on your accounts.

For more resources visit the Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information website.

Keep your Web Browser Updated!

If you’re using Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer be sure to keep your browser updated at all times!

Whether you’re browsing the internet or using it for work-related research and tasks, you are subject to a host of security threats: identity theft, phishing sites, viruses, trojans, spyware, adware, and other sorts of malware. 

Keeping your web browser up to date may seem trivial, but many security bugs are made available in browser updates, which often roll many fixes up into one larger update.  Always ensure you’re using the latest version of your favorite browser!

Chrome: What you need to do

1. Check your installed version:

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2. Chrome will check for updates

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3. Relaunch the browser to update to current version

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Firefox: What you need to do

1. Check your installed version:

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2.Restart browser to update to current version

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3. Turn on automatic updates in the “Settings” menu (note: a browser restart may still be required in order for the update to take effect)

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Safari: What you need to do

1. Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu 

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2. Click Software Update to check for updates

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3.  If any updates are available, click the Update Now button to install them. Or click “More info” to see details about each update and select specific updates to install.

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4. Be sure to check “Automatically keep my Mac up to date” to ensure you have the latest updates.

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More Information

If you need assistance with updating your browser, please contact the help desk (help@georgetown.edu)

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Stay tuned for more information from UIS for Cyber Security Awareness Month!