Do You Shop Online?…Safely? Tips for Safe Online Shopping

Shopping OnlineMany of us use online shopping for the advantage of it’s convenience. The lure is being able to search for an item, locate it in multiple “stores”, and then compare prices and shipping costs; all from the convenience of your own home or office…in less than an hour—sometimes much less. But do we shop online as safely as possible? There are many things we can do to help protect our money, our purchase, and our identity while shopping online. 

Most of them can be categorized as; being as safe an Internet and computer user as possible. Such as using a strong password, a good security suite consisting of an anti-virus program, a firewall, and anti-spying software. Another important practice is to keep your application software, and especially your operating system and browser, current with the latest updates…hopefully set to update automatically. 

Other things we can do are: doing business with a reputable dealer; knowing that dealer’s privacy and return policies; making sure your online shopping site transaction is secure (look for “https” rather than “http” in the webpage address); using a credit card is preferable to using a debit card to limit your liability and losses should something go wrong; and last but not least, checking your statements to make sure no one has compromised your transaction. US-CERT also has tips for safe online shopping with more details that may help. 

Shop online sites more safely by using the above suggestions and continue to enjoy searching out and finding those great bargains…all from the convenience of your home. 

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7 responses to “Do You Shop Online?…Safely? Tips for Safe Online Shopping

  1. I am really alarm with this kind of issue because it is really spreading due to its social media site. I guess, we need to add extra careful and its about time to think first before having a transaction to other whom you are not familiar with.

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  2. Paul,

    This is really a good article. My father, just last week, had his debit/credit card number and info stolen. The thief made out with $600 +… I’ve been trying to determine if this occurred as a result of online purchasing or someone took the information when he used it locally. Anywho, the point here is that these tips you provide need to be followed and thievery is very common on the internet.


    • Rick,
      Sorry to hear about your Dad’s identity theft. My sister’s purse was stolen a few years ago by a local criminal group in Harrisburg and it took her over two years to get her credit reports, bank and credit accounts straight. BTW, her bank was slow in closing her checking account after she reported the theft so they picked up a lot of the loss. Good luck.

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