As online shopping has become more and more popular, we are demanding to shop safely and conveniently. But how safe are you being when shopping online? Have you kept yourself open to fraudsters?
The article below by PCMag.com provides great advice for consumers. Below is a snippet of the article, for the full article follow the link below.
How To Shop Safely Online
Online shopping is wonderfully convenient, but if you’re not careful you can fall victim to frauds, scams, or identity theft. Follow these tips to stay safe while shopping online.
Shopping online is so much more pleasant than going out to the mall. You don’t have to change out of your pyjamas, don’t have to fight traffic, and don’t have to wrangle with other shoppers at the sale table. Be careful, though, or you might become a commodity for sale. Here are some tips to keep your online shopping worry-free.
Don’t Get Lazy
Many shopping sites invite you to set up an account so you won’t have to re-enter your payment information next time. It does seem convenient, but you’re much better off filling in the details each time. Otherwise, if your shopping site gets hacked like Zappos did, the bad guys will have all your personal details—maybe even your credit card number. You might expect the merchant would encrypt this sensitive data, or at least the credit card numbers. You might be wrong.
Clearly you have to give the merchant your address; otherwise they won’t know where to send the merchandise. But do leave any non-required fields blank. And if the order form asks for too-personal information like your SSN or bank account number, navigate away immediately. There’s no reason an honest e-tailer would need that information. While you’re at it, opt out of all communication other than what’s necessary to track and complete your order.
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