The holidays are approaching, which means it’s also the time of the year for identity theft, online tracking, and hacker exploits.
Use these 7 tips to stay more private while you’re shopping online this season:
1. Beware of spear phishing
With so much of your personal information publicly available online through tracking, marketing, and social networks, it’s now easier for spammers to impersonate you. That means they can send more personalized—and thus believable—spam messages to you and the people in your contacts lists. These hyper-targeted schemes are called spear phishing, and they can happen in your email and on social networks.