I’m a huge fan of online shopping – I’m a work at home mom with five young kids so I don’t get out an awful lot, plus it’s so much easier to compare prices and find exactly what I want online. Not to mention the savings in time and gas. Here are five simple tips to help make sure that you’re being safe while shopping online.
1) Buy from reputable stores
Always shop with reputable stores and online sellers. If you’re shopping at a site that you’ve never heard of before, you can always check them out at independent organizations like TRUSTe or Better Business Bureau Online to make sure they’re legitimate and don’t have lots of complaints against them.
2) Don’t give much information
No reputable seller or retailer will ever ask for your password or social security number. Always give out as little information as possible, and never send your credit card information via email because it is not secure.
3) Look for the padlock symbol
Websites that use secure online store software will display a padlock symbol in your web browser’s address bar to indicate it is Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encrypted and safe to transmit your private data. Also be sure that the web address starts with https:// instead of http:// for your protection.
4) Make sure your browser is updated
Whether you use Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer or some other web browser, be sure that you keep it updated to the latest version. Having an up to date browser ensures that you have the latest and best protection available. Check your browser settings to confirm that you have the latest version.
5) Use malware protection
Install malware protection software like Norton Internet Security or Bitdefender to protect your computer from attacks that could stem from an unsecure online shopping session. Although malware can’t protect you from all attacks, it can provide you with a good baseline of protection.
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