Online Shopping Basic Safety Tips

Online shopping is fast and easy, but it’s still “buyer beware.” Providing your information online can be as safe as providing it to a store your visit in-person, as long as you follow a few simple rules:

  1. Make sure your computer’s security software is up-to-date
  2. Shop well-known brands or sites with which you are familiar
  3. Make sure the site uses a secure check-out – look for https in the url:
    Internet Explorer https: browser lock icon

    Look for the “lock” on Internet Explorer browser; click for info on the site

    Firefox Browser Lock Safety Symbol https

    Find the “lock” symbol in Firefox. Click it to read about the site.

  4. Purchase using your credit card (NEVER YOUR DEBIT CARD!)
  5. If it sounds too good to be true, it’s probably is a scam.  Don’t fall for items that are “too good to pass up” or “once in a lifetime deals”
  6. Understand how the site will use your data and the choices that are available to you regarding its use

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