As you shop online, it’s likely your personal and credit card information has been stored in more places over the past few months, opening you up to cyber attacks and identity theft.
While it’s always a good idea to routinely change passwords and secure your home networks, make sure you’re also protecting how you shop online.
Many small businesses added online ordering options, but they may not have the same level of data protection as established online retailers.
Cybersecurity expert Mark Ostrowski advises people “to keep track of their footprint and go through and delete accounts, remove credit cards, move personal information off a lot of these [sites] after they do their purchasing — especially if it’s a one-time type purchase.”
He added that browsers like Google Chrome have a built-in password manager that reveals which sites you have accounts with, and “you could use that to [go] backwards in time and … clean it up.”