We are down to the wire on the holiday shopping season. If you have been waiting until the last minute to buy gifts, well, we are just about there. However, in your rush to get the presents under the tree, don't make careless mistakes that could put your best credit card number into the wrong hands and your credit score in jeopardy.
Here are five tips to avoid credit card fraud during the holidays and all year long.
1. Avoid shopping and banking on public computers
Library computers can be a godsend if you need to pass the time or if your home computer goes on the fritz. But you should be careful about your online activities on these and other communal computers. Banking is a no-no, and shopping should be off-limits too. It is too easy to forget to log-out of accounts, and other users with more sinister motives may find ways to access sensitive data even if you do.
The same goes for that free wifi offered at the coffee shop and the local McDonalds. Unsecured, public networks are convenient for browsing the web and laughing at the latest memes, but they are not the place to be entering your MasterCard, Visa or Discover numbers.