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Online Shopping Tips

Online shopping has become an essential part of our lives and, as fears rise of sharing credit card details with the wrong party, online security continues to advance.

The tips below can help you maintain secure shopping through trustworthy websites. However, you should always remember: NEVER share your credit card details over email.

Protect Your PC

This is a basic e-instinct. Hackers don't just sit back, waiting for you to give them data. Most often, they give you a little something extra to help things along: a virus sent by email and opened without your knowing what it is. Invest in a renowned anti-virus program and keep it up-to-date.

Use well-known Websites

Always shop from trusted sites rather than shopping randomly with a search engine. Avoid drifting past the first few pages of links. Amazon.com and ebay.com are both examples of trusted shopping websites that carry everything under the sun. Major retail shops that have an online store are trustworthy too.

Don't declare all

It’s true that they consent to not share your personal info but who needs to know your birthday, household income or number of siblings for no reason at all? It is very likely that websites mean what they say about not sharing information, but imagine this info along with your credit card number being exposed to hackers when they decide to hack the site. They can cause a lot of damage; stealing your identity is just the start. So when possible, give the least amount of information.

Look for the [HTTPS] Lock

Never buy anything online with your credit card from a site that doesn't start with HTTPS:// instead of the usual HTTP://. HTTPS means that website have SSL encryption installed.

Check your bank statements

After an online purchase don't wait for your bank statement to arrive at the end of the month. Go online regularly to check electronic statements of your accounts. Check to make sure you don't see suspicious charges. If you find out something, address it immediately with your bank.