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Stay Safe During Your Holiday Shopping Spree

By November 28, 2012May 11th, 2021Blog

The holidays are upon us, and with them comes the shopping season. Many of us have mixed feelings about this, stuck between bargain prices and the hesitation to go into the fray on Black Friday. However, just because you’re not braving the mob doesn’t mean you shouldn’t exercise proper techniques that will keep you and your information safe. Here are some tips to help you shop safe during this busy season.

Change the Passwords

The holidays roll around and I realize I haven’t changed my passwords in a year. Why? Because they are changed every time I start to shop heavily online. Change your e-mail and banking passwords at least, so that if people try to hack into your Facebook account, they won’t accidentally get the password to your banking account too.

Log Out

If you’re in the habit of just closing a browsing tab when you’re done purchasing something, get out of that habit now. Log out of whatever account you’ve logged into once you’re done with your purchases.

Look for the HTTPS

Browse smart! If a website doesn’t have a HTTPS in the front, or it doesn’t have a green safe-browse lock next to it, chances are it’s not safe to purchase on. The green lock guarantees the website is safe, and if it’s not there, double-check your URL to make sure you’re in the right place.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.