It’s that time of year when many of you are doing a lot of online shopping. I love to shop online myself since we live a good distance from most stores. There are a few things that you should keep in mind while shopping online to protect yourself.
First, always use a credit card or paypal. Do not use your bank ATM card. I use my Capital One card and they are wonderful about monitoring it. Last week I placed a big online order and within minutes Capital One was on the phone verifying it was me who made the purchase. It is much easier to dispute a credit card charges over your ATM card.
On the webpage where you enter your credit card, look for an “s” after http in the web address of that page. The https means that you are on a secure page and your information will be protected.
Make sure your security software on your computer is up to date. You also want to make sure the browser you use (ie Firefox, Internet Exporler, etc.) are up to date.
If you are using a WiFi connection make sure that it is from a trusted source. Using a random WiFi connection puts you at higher risk.
I do hope you all score some great online deals! Just remember to have security measures in place!
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