Surfing precautions for online shoppers

   Shopping online, a common occurrence during the holiday season, can make us vulnerable to internet scams. Even our email accounts can be compromised at the click of a link. USA Today reported just lasweek that as many as 1 billion Yahoo accounts may have been compromised in a breach that took place in August 2013.

   To guard against these types of breaches, consider frequently changing passwords and security questions. Do not use birthdates, addresses, or other personal information as passwords or security questions. To that end, be sure each account password is unique and doesn’t match the password chosen for numerous other accounts. Finally, be careful where you click. Avoid clicking on links or downloading attachments from suspicious emails. Even if the email is from someone in your contacts, if it looks unfamiliar, reach out to that person and make sure they intended to send you the link or attachment.