Shopping Online Safely During The Holiday Season
December 1, 2022
Shopping Smartly and Safely Online This Holiday Season
With the holidays in full swing, many of us are turning to the internet for our shopping needs. While online shopping offers convenience and often a wider selection of products, it also comes with some risks. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help ensure that your online holiday shopping experience is safe and secure.
Tips For Online Shopping Safety During
Shop on Secure Sites
When you shop online, be sure that the sites you’re buying from are secure. Look for “https” at the beginning of the web address or a lock icon next to it. These indicate that the site has an SSL certificate and is secure. If either is absent, don’t enter any personal information or payment details on that site. Also, read reviews of any store or website before making a purchase, as this can help alert you to any potential scams or issues with security.
Protect Your Personal Information
In addition to ensuring that the sites you shop on are secure, it’s important to protect your personal information when shopping online. Avoid giving out more information than necessary — only provide what is requested by the store on checkout pages. It’s also a good idea not to use public Wi-Fi networks when shopping online as these might be less secure than your home network; save your online purchases for when you’re connected safely at home instead. Finally, be aware of phishing emails or messages that claim to be from stores asking for personal information — these are almost always scams!
Use Trusted Payment Methods
When it comes time to pay for your items, make sure you only use trusted payment methods such as credit cards or PayPal accounts that have been set up with reputable companies. Be cautious if someone asks you to pay with cash or gift cards, as these payments may not be refundable if something goes wrong with your purchase or if it turns out to be a scam. Furthermore, setting up two-factor authentication and using unique passwords can help keep your financial accounts safe while shopping online during the holidays.
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