2020 has been a novel year by all accounts, and the upcoming holiday season promises to be just as unique. Online purchasing has increased due to COVID - and unfortunately, so have online scams.
Help protect yourself with these guidelines when shopping online.
- Use a strong, unique password for each online account and do not store these in your browser. Only use your McGill password for your McGill account. If one account is compromised, the others will be safe. Creating strong passwords
- Only use credit cards to pay for online purchases. This is the safest online payment method since credit cards generally offer protection in case of fraudulent use. Do not store your credit card information in any online accounts: If your account is compromised, your credit card could be used to make unauthorized purchases.
- Ensure that your operating system, software, and antivirus are up to date. When your devices and software are updated with the latest operating systems and security patches, they will be less vulnerable to cyber attacks. If your devices are compromised, your personal information (such as the data used for your online shopping) could be at risk. Tips for keeping your devices safe
- Don’t fall for holiday cyber scams:Spoofed websites (fake shopping sites designed to appear legitimate), phishing emails, or deals that seem too good to be true – these are all examples of how cyber criminals fool unwary online shoppers. Watch out for the signs and avoid becoming a victim. How to spot a holiday cyber scam
- Use Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) for your accounts: 2FA provides an extra layer of protection for your credentials. Even if a cybercriminal steals your password, they will need additional information to access your account, such as a code generated from a mobile app or a one-time code sent via text message.
2FA will be soon be required for the entire McGill community, but with cybercrime on the rise, it's never too early to secure your login credentials and protect your McGill account. Opt in to 2FA at McGill now.
For more tips on staying safe online during the holiday season and throughout the year, check out the following: