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Simple Ways to Secure Your Holiday Season Shopping

Last updated on November 23, 2020 at 07:16 pm

Although holiday shopping will look a bit different this year, we at Plymouth Rock are excited for the upcoming season and eager to save big on our shopping lists. And while we all love a great deal, we love keeping you safe even more. So, before you start tackling your holiday shopping, check out these Black Friday and Cyber Monday safety tips.

  1. If you do plan to hit the stores this year, be sure to wear a mask, pack hand sanitizer and maintain a safe social distance from other shoppers.
  2. Don’t make your car a target – Be sure to keep packages safely stored out of site, in the trunk, and don’t leave any valuables on the seat of your car.
  3. Check yourself – Although the stores and malls will be far less crowded this year, keep an eye on your wallet, purse, phone and other crucial belongings at all times. Thieves (and identity thieves!) can strike when you least expect it. Your best defense against identity theft is to remain vigilant and continue to monitor your bank and credit card statements — when shopping in person and online. As an added precaution use a credit card instead of your debit card so that if the worst happens your bank account remains secure.
  4. Keep your data private – We all know not flash our cash at the store or give out our ID to strangers, but the same is true online. Never give out your passwords or any other sensitive data that isn’t required to complete an online transaction. If you feel unsure about the online website you are purchasing from then don’t do it.
  5. Lock it up – We keep the car doors locked and our home secure while we’re at the mall, right? Make sure the same is true when you are shopping online. Any online store should be using a secure server that starts with “https.” If it doesn’t, time to shop elsewhere.
  6. Keep cool and calm – It goes without saying that because there will be an increase in traffic during the holiday season, you need to keep your cool behind the wheel. Driving near malls and other populated areas can be difficult. Make sure to leave plenty of extra time to get to your destination so you don’t feel rushed or pressured. Avoid situations that are unnecessarily risky. No sale is more important than making sure to Get Home Safe.

We hope that you and your loved ones have a wonderful and safe holiday. If you have other great tips, let us hear them below. Happy Holidays, everyone!

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