This holiday season, online sales are projected to grow 14-18% compared to 2018, according to Deloitte’s annual holiday retail projections, with nearly a quarter of annual online buying occurring Nov. 1-Dec. 31. It’s no surprise that online shopping is so popular, since it offers a range of fast and convenient options to free up much-needed time while families juggle packed holiday agendas, shuttle kids to a seemingly endless stream of events and enjoy time with loved ones.
Unfortunately, thieves see these distractions as opportunities. Online safety can seem like a luxury in our quest to make 2019 the best holiday season yet, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some easy and helpful hints to keep your family’s finances safe this holiday season.
1. Use a credit — not debit — card for online holiday purchases.
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