ONALASKA, WI (WXOW)—If you are doing some online shopping this holiday season it's important to make sure you are doing it safely so no one gets your credit card information.
There are three main things to keep in mind when you're shopping online.
Ryan Wessel, Owner of PC Solutions said first off, make sure the web site you're shopping on is secure.
You can tell if it's secure by looking at the web address when it comes time to type your credit card information.
You want to see a web site that begins with Https, which means they are transmitting data securely and that it's encrypted.
Secondly, make sure the anti virus software on your computer is updated.
"There are key logging viruses," Wessel said. "So anyone could get your information whether or not that information is being transmitted across the internet securely. They're still logging your keystrokes on your computer so that's why it's important to make sure your virus protection is installed and updated."
Wessel's final tip is to make sure your computer's operating system is updated.
He said as Windows or Mac becomes aware of security holes they'll fix them and send out an update.
To check that your PC is updated visit update.microsoft.com. To check for updates on your Mac go to the Apple menu, click system preferences, then view and click software update.
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