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5 tips for online shopping

Online shopping can be a convenient and fun activity. I spend hours just zooming in on clothes, checking out fabrics and deciding if it is the right choice without having anyone rush me through the process.  Nonetheless, it is important you take a few precautions to ensure that your information and money stay safe. Take the time to review these tips on what to do when making a purchase in order to have the best experience possible.

1. Use popular and familiar Websites

Don’t shop at a site if you’re not comfortable. If you feel that the site may not be secure, you’re probably right. Little things such as misspellings, requests for excessive personal information, low-resolution logos and photos may be warning signs.

2. Never use spam links in order to shop

It’s always a bad idea to click on a link in an email from someone you don’t know, but it’s particularly dangerous if you buy on a site advertised in a spam email.

3. Secure your Credit Card

Never ever, ever buy anything online using your credit card from a site that doesn’t have SSL (secure sockets layer) encryption

4. Use strong passwords

Choose passwords that are hard to guess and are at least 10 characters long consisting of a combination of numbers, letters, and symbols.

5. Don’t give out too much info

No online shopping store needs your social security number or your birthday to do business. The more the crooks know, the easier it is to steal your identity. When possible, minimize the information you give out.