On-Line Shopping Safety
Safety Tips for On-Line Shopping
Before you choose an online store . . .
Tip: If you do see the seals above, click on them to make sure they link to the organization that created them. Some unscrupulous merchants will put these logos on their sites without permission, and they're less likely to get caught if they don't link back to the site.
• Find out what other shoppers have to say about an online store on comparison sites such as epinions or Bizrate. These sites have customer evaluations built into their design with a number of smiley faces or stars.
• Review their shipping methods and
policies to determine what carriers they use, their shipping
rates, and if they provide tracking and insurance. Also find out
where they ship from—goods are sometimes sent from international
locations, which require customs clearance and extra time.
Before you submit your credit card number . . .
So, you've done your homework. You have found the perfect item at the perfect price and you're ready to make the purchase. Before you enter your credit card number, make sure that the store you've chosen abides by the following rules:
Use Online Payment Brokers like PayPal
What are the Benefits of Using PayPal?
PayPal Helps to Protect Your Account — and Your Purchases
PayPal’s industry-leading fraud prevention measures and our one-of-a-kind method of keeping your financial information private from sellers make us a safe way to pay online. Plus, we offer the following to protect your purchases:
Trust your instincts
If a site matches all the criteria presented above, then there's a good chance that the site is both
legitimate and reliable. But as with most things online or off, if you get a bad feeling
about a store, online or local, then skip it and find somewhere else to shop.
Keep your PC Clean and Secure!
It is also important to keep your computer system free from Viruses, Spyware, and Security Vulnerabilities in order to keep your personal information safe and prevent credit card fraud and identity theft. No matter how cautious you are in making your on-line purchases, your personal information can be compromised in an instant if your computer is infected with dangerous and malicious software. More information on keeping your PC Secure.
More information available at Microsoft At-Home Security.