Use secure connections to buy or give online

Posted: Updated:
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Security experts advise people to use secure connections, not public wifi, to make purchases or to give money online.

"Public wifis are not always intended to be to the benefit of the consumer," said Ross Jordan, Microsoft practice development director for High Touch Technologies. The company focuses on helping businesses with software, technology and communication solutions.

The company's IT director, Brian Straight, offered three tips to keep online shoppers this holiday season.

  • Update to latest version on phone/computer
  • Purchase through secure websites (https or lock symbol)
  • Do not use debit card for purchases

"It's imperative. Updates aren't just enhancements. They're a lot of security patches," said Straight.

Other experts echo a similar message.

"Use trusted websites, update your phone, and use your home wifi or your cell phone data to shop online," said Vladimir Solovey, chief technology officer for Wichita.com.

Wichita Police have seen a steady number of cases of identity theft. So far this year, there have been 629 reports.

If you become a victim of identity theft, you can freeze your credit. As of late this year, a new federal law allowed for free credit freezes and year-long fraud alerts. For more information, click here


Websites to learn more information about non-profit organizations:

  • NEWSNewsMore>>

  • Kansas governor talks about her new office

    Kansas governor talks about her new office

    When she took office, Governor Laura Kelly promised more transparency in state government.  Since then she's made several changes in various departments to make more information available to the public. 

    When she took office, Governor Laura Kelly promised more transparency in state government.  Since then she's made several changes in various departments to make more information available to the public. 

  • The Donut Boy spreads cheer to Wichita Police

    The Donut Boy spreads cheer to Wichita Police

    They call him 'The Donut Boy'... Meet Tyler Carach: This 11 year old is delivering donuts to cops all over the country, but his mission started small. "I went to a local store in my town one day and I saw 4 deputies in there and I asked my mom if I could buy mini donuts with my own money and they were all excited when I thanked them and gave them the donuts and when I left I asked my mom why they were so excited over a snack. And she said it wasn't the snack that they were...

    They call him 'The Donut Boy'... Meet Tyler Carach: This 11 year old is delivering donuts to cops all over the country, but his mission started small. "I went to a local store in my town one day and I saw 4 deputies in there and I asked my mom if I could buy mini donuts with my own money and they were all excited when I thanked them and gave them the donuts and when I left I asked my mom why they were so excited over a snack. And she said it wasn't the snack that they were...

  • WSU's president laid to rest

    WSU's president laid to rest

    On the Wichita State University campus Monday was a touching tribute to a man respected and remembered as a visionary.

    A procession took Wichita State President Dr. John Bardo's hearse through campus.

    On the Wichita State University campus Monday was a touching tribute to a man respected and remembered as a visionary.

    A procession took Wichita State President Dr. John Bardo's hearse through campus.