Staying safe when shopping online

September 6, 2019

How easy is it to shop online? (Rhetorical question there.) It’s so convenient to be able to order anything you like and have it delivered right to your door. Unfortunately, that also means there’s more risk. Scammers and criminals can try to steal your information and money while you shop online.

The good news is that there are some easy things you can do to protect yourself and safely shop online. Let’s take a quick look at some tips: 

  1. Never do your shopping on public Wi-Fi networks. Seriously. Public Wi-Fi can have weak (or no) security and sending sensitive information like an address and credit card number over a public connection could expose that information to other people.
  2. Check out the reviews for the site and retailer before you commit to buying anything. You can easily check for scam reports by searching online at the Better Business Bureau.
  3. Use bookmarks rather than links to reach sites. Links can be spoofed, but when you keep a bookmark to your favorite shopping site, you won’t be redirected by a scammer.

With some common sense and care, you can shop safely online.

Also, check out our online shopping safety infographic for more great tips. ->

 

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