Brush up on your online shopping safety

The turkey has yet to hit the table, but in many places the
shopping season has already begun. Here is our guidance on how to stay safe
when you shop online, plus links to more detailed information.

1.      Defend your
with updated firewall, antivirus, and antispyware software and
password-protect your wireless connection at home.

2.      Create
strong passwords
for all online accounts, particularly those used for
banking or shopping. A strong password is at least eight characters long and includes letters, numbers and

3.      Look for https (“s”
stands for secure) in the web address (URL) and a closed padlock beside it or
in the lower right corner of your browser.

For more information:




About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »