May 25, 2018
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Safe cyber shopping

With Cyber Monday kicking off the official start of the 2010 holiday shopping season, comparison search engine has released 10 things every online shopper should follow to ensure a safe, secure and, most of all, productive shopping experience as they comb the Internet for gifts this year.

  • Update your home computer’s anti-virus software and security tools before you start shopping, and if using a wireless connection, make sure it’s encrypted with a password.
  • Be thorough in your research: Use all the resources the Internet provides, compare prices and search for online-only bargains to guarantee that you’re saving money.
  • Order in advance to ensure you don’t get hurt by holiday shipping delays, and check stock availability for a given product before you place an order.
  • Use credit cards instead of debit cards — you’ll be better protected from fraud and face less liability in the event of your card number being stolen.
  • Carefully review every online retailer’s terms and conditions as well as their return policies, as they vary industry-wide.
  • Create or update new online passwords that are unique and difficult to steal. Avoid pet names, birthdays, etc. and incorporate numbers and characters.
  • Shop only on certifiably secure websites: Look for “https://” URLs that indicate secure connections when placing orders and entering personal information.
  • Be diligent about where you disclose personal information. including phone numbers, addresses and financial information, and avoid unverifiable entities.
  • Look for delivery guarantees from online retailers and always keep hard copies of e-mail confirmations of orders and delivery status.
  • Beware of certain promotional e-mails requesting personal information or promising a special deal as they could be part of a “phishing” scam.

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