Graham quoted in WABI report on safe holiday shopping

WABI (Channel 5) quoted Matt Graham, an assistant professor of management information systems at the University of Maine, in a report on tips for safe holiday shopping. The National Retail Federation predicts holiday sales will total about $700 billion this year, a more than 4 percent increase over last year, the report states. Graham offered tips for safe online shopping, including only shopping on safe, secure sites. “Try to avoid sites that you don’t know. Look for proof of any privacy or security policy. Any credible online retail site will have some policy on their webpage,” said Graham. He also recommended protecting against hackers stealing personal information by only using sites with a secure browser, meaning the URL will begin with “https,” and to carefully watch your bank statements for any unusual activity. “Make sure that you don’t see anything on there that’s not supposed to be there,” said Graham.