My Holiday Shopping Is Safer Thanks To #LifeLock

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It is Black Friday today. Yesterday was spent cooking and eating. As a chef it is my day to shine and I most definitely did. I had decided not to go out shopping today but I do participate in Cyber Monday. I live in the country so driving to shopping areas costs a bit of gas and I live on a student budget basically. When I do shop online I want to know I am covered. I am grateful that LifeLock is tracking my identity as I shop so they will know right away if anyone tries to steal and use my information to commit fraud. It might be a good idea that I don’t have any money to shop with on Monday, I can only hope that sales are still decent when I finally do get paid. To be honest I have NO IDEA what I even want or need. I am a Christmas slacker!

Here are some wonderful tips for you to stay safer while shopping online this Holiday season:

1. Never EVER give out your social security number. Legitimate sites will never askk you for this information.

2. Make sure the store you shop at is encrypted and secure. You will see a padlock icon in the address bar and https instead of just http.

3. Bogus Emails – Companies will not email you asking for more private information. Make notice of the address on suspicious emails, hover over them and you will see they don’t come from the actual site.

4. Sites like Amazon and Paypal will use your real full name, not “member” and if you are sent an email from someone calling you not by name, don’t click, its a scam!

Do you or someone you know have a story about identity theft around the Holidays? Are you reluctant to shop online or even use cash only because of something happening in the past?

Also, there is still time to enter the LifeLock for Life Sweepstakes on Facebook!

Head to the LifeLock for Life Sweepstakes page to “Like” LifeLock on Facebook, visit the LifeLock for Life tab, and start playing to  learn more about how these life events affect the security of your identity.  Each correct answer equals an entry into the contest.  This sweepstakes will continue throughout 2013 for multiple chances to win. So with weekly and monthly chances, you have lots of chances to win! For the month of September, you can win a $1000 VISA and 1 of 3 LifeLock Ultimate memberships!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Must be a U.S. resident 18 or older. See Official Rules for complete details.

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*I have received compensation for my participation as a LifeLock Ambassador. All opinions are my own.

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About Candace Reid

Candace Reid is the owner and author of Serendipity Mommy. She is the mother of 3 and a recent college graduate having earned her Associates Degree in Business for Hospitality/Food Service Management. Candace is a member of the American Culinary Federation and is pursuing a Food Photography business. She also loves to blog about family, food, fun and photography. Email Candace

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