Stay Safe With Your Online Purchases

Friends, have you had enough of fighting the crowds this holiday shopping this weekend? If so, online shopping has made staying home and shopping from your computer or cell quite attractive. Shopping online is not only convenient, but it allows you to avoid the crowds and long lines. Before logging on to shop, there are a few tips to keep you safe online on Cyber Monday and the rest of the shopping season.

Check The Site To Verify It Is Secure Many of the best deals can be found on the Internet. Make sure the sites you are shopping from are secure and have "https:" in the URL of the page that asks for your credit card information. There should be an "s" appearing on the site which ensures security. When you are on a secure site, you will also see an icon for a locked padlock on your browser either on the address bar or on the bottom right corner. Take time to use the Internet to research retailers that you are not familiar with. There are many sites such as Shopzilla.com, Pricegrabber.com and others that provide ratings of retailers.

Stay Safe With Your Online Purchases

Friends, have you had enough of fighting the crowds this holiday shopping this weekend? If so, online shopping has made staying home and shopping from your computer or cell quite attractive. Shopping online is not only convenient, but it allows you to avoid the crowds and long lines. Before logging on to shop, there are a few tips to keep you safe online on Cyber Monday and the rest of the shopping season.

Check The Site To Verify It Is Secure Many of the best deals can be found on the Internet. Make sure the sites you are shopping from are secure and have “https:” in the URL of the page that asks for your credit card information. There should be an “s” appearing on the site which ensures security. When you are on a secure site, you will also see an icon for a locked padlock on your browser either on the address bar or on the bottom right corner. Take time to use the Internet to research retailers that you are not familiar with. There are many sites such as Shopzilla.com, Pricegrabber.com and others that provide ratings of retailers.

Keep Your Security Software Up To Date This means making sure you have the latest virus protection software updates from your provider. It just takes one click onto an unsecured site to have your computer attacked by a virus. You can get free online software protection from AVG http://free.avg.com/us-en/download-avg-anti-virus-free-edition. Stop And Think Before Clicking Onto A Site Use a URL scanning tool to ensure you’re not clicking on links that lead to infected websites. Take the time to find out whether a page is bad is before you click. AVG LinkScanner does this http://linkscanner.avg.com/. It’s free, and it works with all other security and anti-virus offerings.

Keep Your Information Private Keep your personal information private. When doing a lot of online shopping, create a separate email account that is just for shopping. Use a different password from your other accounts you have. Your shopping e-mail account should be in no way connected with your personal or work e-mail account. Make it a point to keep records of your online shopping – print all confirmation pages and email confirmations. File them away some place safe.

Change Up Your Passwords Keep separate passwords. Each shopping account, bank account, credit card account and e-mail account should have a different password. Write them down and keep the information in a secure location. This will make it more difficult for thieves to access your information. Shop smart and stay safe this holiday season. For now, happy shopping!

Laurie, TheBag Lady