How To Stay Safe Online During The Holidays

This post is sponsored by Google Online as part of the Mom It Forward Influence Network. All opinions and images are my own.

The holidays are just around the corner, and that means many of us will be making purchases online to avoid large crowds and busy mall traffic. While I must admit that online shopping has made my life easier, I am also aware that I I share sensitive information which could potentially expose me to online risks. In today’s post, I am sharing how to avoid such risks and share three simple simple tips to stay safe online.

If you plan to do any online shopping this year, it’s important to know:

a) how to protect yourself online and

b) how to be proactive about security features available online.

Three Simple Tips To Stay Safe Online

  1. Use unique, strong passwords for your accounts to help stay more secure online. Consider using a password manager (like the one built into your Google Account) to help you create, remember, and store all your passwords. →
  2. Keep your software up to date. Some software, like Chrome, Android, and iOS, will automatically update so you never need to worry about doing it yourself. For other services that send notifications when it’s time to update, don’t click “remind me later”— take the time to update right away.
  3. Take the Google Security Checkup. It’s a step-by-step tool that helps protect the security of your Google Account with personalized recommendations. You can manage which third-party apps have access to your account data, check your saved passwords for security issues, and more. →



As a full-time content creator my life becomes more and more digital, hence I get more exposed to the risks associated with that. I know of friends who have been hacked for ransom, having their data stolen or exposed and being impersonated every day. And if you think that this doesn’t apply to you and that the younger generations are harder to trick, think again.

Let’s be smart and minimize our risks and vulnerabilities. Stay up to date and learn more here:

Did you know?

Google offers a full list of security tips and best practices for FREE. Click here to learn more. Google helps you to stay safe online during the holidays and beyond so I strongly recommend that you take a security checkup (it’s free!). It took mine and it allowed me to activate my two-step verification, showed me a list of third party access, and more.

Take control of your online safety now and enjoy your holiday shopping risk free! #GoogleSecurityCheckup



  1. Sonia Aicha
    December 19, 2019 / 11:02 AM

    great post ! I 100% agree with you, the Holidays is the best moment to be careful with our purchases online.
    Ps : I am obsessed with your skirt, so beautilful !

  2. December 19, 2019 / 1:00 PM

    These are great tips, Vanessa, and I’m going to take the free security check up. I have had a couple of attempts to hack my accounts recently and have set up two step verification on some, but I need to extend it to all my accounts!
    On another note, I love this outfit. Your skirt is gorgeous.
    Julia x

  3. December 19, 2019 / 4:18 PM

    What a beautiful blue outfit! i really like that pleated skirt on you! thanks for sharing your tips too! 🙂

    Hope that you’re having a great week 🙂 I had a fun day out shopping and a family birthday celebration dinner in the evening yesterday! 🙂

  4. polarbearstyle
    December 19, 2019 / 10:38 PM

    Thanks for sharing all these great tips. It’s definitely important to keep ourselves secure online.

    I hope you’re enjoying your winter so far.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

  5. December 19, 2019 / 11:01 PM

    These are great tips. I do all of my shopping online and definitely need to protect myself and be more aware when using passwords and such. Thanks for sharing!


  6. December 20, 2019 / 2:56 AM

    Very informative, thank you!

  7. Simone
    December 20, 2019 / 3:48 AM

    It’s so important to protect yourself from fraud and hacking. Loving your amazing tips!

    xx Simone

    Little Glittery Box

  8. Rhyza
    December 20, 2019 / 1:19 PM

    Most of these things are overlooked because we often feel confident we’re “safe” until things happen. Prevention is definitely the way to go. Thanks for these tips!

  9. Shauna
    December 20, 2019 / 7:01 PM

    Yes!! All of these tips are so important, especially the strong passwords. Happy Holiday’s, sweet girl! XO


  10. December 20, 2019 / 11:34 PM

    With so much going on these days, it is important that we are more aware of how we use the internet. There are so many scam websites or tactics that can steal our identity, access, and even money!

    Nancy ♥

  11. Lovely Amusan
    December 22, 2019 / 12:24 AM

    Great tips Vanessa, loving your skirt darling! Wishing you a fabulous Christmas and New Year


  12. Straight A Style
    December 22, 2019 / 12:32 PM

    These are good tips and so important!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  13. Jeanell
    December 22, 2019 / 9:33 PM

    Awesome tips on online safety. These are simple yet important advice to follow.

  14. December 23, 2019 / 8:14 AM

    Great post! Unfortunately, shopping can become fun, but also unsafe online. I’m always checking my account to ensure there is no unusual transaction, plus my i get notification all the time.

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