This time of year is bustling with holiday shoppers, and Visa wants to make sure all gift-givers aren't putting their personal information into the wrong hands.
These small pieces of advice will keep you and your wallet happy.
When shopping online, make sure you look closely at the URL. An "s" at the end, meaning an https compared to a http, is an indicator that the site is safe. Sticking to brands you know is always a safer way to go.
Make sure you bring your ID if you are picking up an online order in the store to verify who you are. It's often required to protect from fraud.
Visa recommends utilizing contactless payments. It's cleaner and protects your information from getting stolen in a data breach.
Paying through the app is always a good idea. Just make sure you maintain a unique password or use facial or fingerprint recognition to login.
Keep your eye out for phishing scams. Avoid suspicious emails and unknown URLs or tracking numbers. If a deal is too good to be true, it's because it probably is.
Maintaining updated software and systems is the best way to avoid bugs this holiday season.