Traffic, crowds, heat, fatigue. Why go out shopping when you can do it from the comfort of your home? Just make sure you keep these tips in mind when you shop online
- Be secure. Protect your computer from online fraud by installing powerful security software. Keep Automatic Updates in Windows on, the same applies for Java and Flash updates
- First look, then click. Avoid being fooled by a phishing website by typing in the website name in the browser instead of clicking on a link you received in a shopping emailer.
- The padlock symbol is for security. Look for the padlock, it’s a sign that the connection is secure. This means the site you’re entering will begin with https not http. The ‘s’ stands for secure and tells you that your information is being encrypted. Click on the padlock to see more details.
- Don’t save personal information on online websites. To make online shopping easier, you may be asked to register by creating an account so that the next time around you won’t have to enter your name, address, credit card number, etc. all over again. Don’t do it.
- 6. Never use a debit card. Credit card purchases limit your liability, thus offering you protection. In case of a debit card, you may lose all the money before you even know about the fraud.
- 7. Use a separate card to shop online. Keep limited money on this card and use it exclusively for online shopping. In case of a problem, you can shut down the card and it won’t affect your other purchases.