Throughout the year, the Identity Theft Resource Center hosts informative Twitter chats on ways the public can protect itself from fraud and scams.

For our upcoming Twitter chat on Thursday, December 3rd at 3pm (EST), we’re teaming up with AllClear ID and the National Cyber Security Alliance to discuss things you need to know in order to protect yourself and your identity while shopping on the internet or through your mobile apps.

Some of the topics we’ll cover in this informative session will include:

  • What are some tips for protecting your identity while shopping online from your computer?
  • What are some tips for protecting your identity while shopping on your mobile device?
  • How can you tell if a website is safe to shop on?
  • How can businesses protect their customers’ information during the holiday season?
  • How can you avoid scams while trying to get the best deals?
  • What are some safety tips for using mobile payments while holiday shopping online?
  • What should someone do if they think they have become a victim of identity theft?
  • What are some resources for people wanting to know more about how to stay safe while shopping online?

This year, an estimated 67.4% plan to shop online this holiday season; interestingly, of those consumers surveyed who plan to use the internet to finish out their holiday shopping, more than 77% of them will use their work computers to do so, although the majority of those consumers stated they will use their own personal time to do so.

What does that mean for safety? It means internet users have an even greater obligation to make sure they’re safeguarding their identities and protecting their technology. Even one slip-up can have long-term repercussions for an entire company network.

Join us for this important Twitter chat and learn the tips and tools your need to protect yourself while shopping online. In order to take part in this free, live event, participants must simply log into their Twitter accounts at the 3pm (EST) on December 3rd and follow the #IDTheftChat hashtag. For your convenience, you may also log into the ID Theft Tweet Deck chat room by going to after signing into your Twitter account. Be sure to type “#IDTheftChat” at the end of each of your tweets so that others may see your comments and questions. If you can’t make the live event, you can also search for that hashtag on Twitter at a later date to read all of the information on the topic of back to school data security.

Be sure to follow the Identity Theft Resource Center (@IDTheftCenter), AllClear ID (@AllClearID), and the National Cyber Security Alliance (@StaySafeOnline) on Twitter for information that will protect you and your loved ones from internet and identity theft crimes throughout the year.