Thursday, April 12, 2007

11 Tips for Keeping Safe While Shopping Online

Shopping online has become the wave of the future. No standing in lines, no posted hours to shop and you don't even have to take a shower and get dressed to do it! These are all great advances from the old method of shopping; however, you need to make sure you're safe when doing so. To this end, here are some tips for keeping your online shopping experience a safe one.

  1. Never buy anything from an unknown company. If they don't have a phone number or address – stay away from them.
  2. Ensure that whenever you buy a product, you are sent a receipt by email.
  3. Some card companies are offering virtual credit cards – check into this type of service as it changes card numbers each time a purchase is made.
  4. Always look for the Veri Sign logo, BBB logo, and the lock on the bottom right corner of the website. This ensures the company is well known, and is using a method to conceal your information.
  5. Do not apply for credit cards on line. The company may be a bogus one.
  6. If you have several department store cards, and buy from them online, change your password every month.
  7. Research the stores you buy from beforehand. Ensure they are credible and have been around for a number of years.
  8. Shopping online and using your credit card unfortunately leaves you open to hackers. Make sure you have virus protection software installed in your computer, as well as a firewall.
  9. Change your passwords monthly. Although this can be a huge pain, it will be well worth it in the long run!
  10. Clear out your cache every time you sign off.
  11. If you are using a cable modem; unplug the PC cable from the modem every night. Using a cable modem means you are on a network; avoid any hackers from engaging in illegal activity.
If you are careful, you can shop almost anywhere and any time online as long as you keep these tips for keeping your online shopping experience a safe one in mind.

1 comment:

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