Online Safety expert, iLookBothWays, recently posted a really helpful list of 5 Tips for Safe Online Bargain Shopping. These safety tips ring true for all internet exploration, so even if you don’t shop/buy over the internet, be sure and ask yourself if you are actively doing these things in your other internet dealings (and resolve to change your internet habits if you are falling short!)
Below is a quick summary of the 5 tips:
- Secure your computer purchase transactions & data with a virus prevention software program (there are several good ones on the market, like Trend Micro Internet Security, McAfee AntiVirus Protection,or Norton Security). If you haven’t updated your Antivirus software recently, you are at risk for a malicious attack (so be sure to get up-to-date…even if you don’t shop online regularly)!
- Make sure you have a secure computer connection and that your computer firewall is turned on and up-to-date.
- Use “strong” Passwords when a password is created for sites. A strong password is made up of a combination of letters, numbers and symbols (at least 8 characters, more is better).
- When searching for sites, make sure that the shopping site is legitimate. Do your research BEFORE giving anyone your credit card or other personal information!
- If the merchant is new to you, double check it against review sites like Epinions, BizRate, Better Business Bureau, and The National Fraud Information Center. I would also add a note of caution on auction sites like Ebay, Overstock, etc: While these can be great places to get bargains, always double check the feedback of the seller to ensure that their feedback is overwhelmingly positive (with a long seller history) before purchasing.
If you actively search the internet for the “best” bargains and/or shop online (even if on occasion), please take a moment to read the full post here.
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