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Dec 7 2009
Safe Online Shopping Tips
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This holiday season, many retailers are offering online discounts.  Many of us will take advantage of the sales and convenience of shopping online this holiday season.    I know I will avoid crowded stores and long lines. Below are a few tips for protecting your identity while shopping online.  Please feel free to add additional tips.

E-mail Tips

·         Don’t open e-mail from anyone you don’t know. Delete information regarding accounts you didn’t open.  They are fake phishing e-mails!

·         Don’t click on links in e-mails. Instead of clicking on a link, open your browser and type in the URL for the online store or site where you wish to shop

Password Tips

·         Use secure passwords when opening an online shopping account:

o   Don’t use words found in the dictionary

o   Don’t use family member or pet names, birthdays, social security numbers or other common identifiable  information in your password

o   Make sure passwords are at least 8 characters and are a combination of lower case and upper  case letters, numbers, and special characters such as $#@! Etc.

Shopping Tips

o   Read return policies before your purchase

o   Read privacy policies before you open an account

o   Use a credit card  and not a debit card to purchase items

o   Don’t use library or public computers to make online purchases

o   Don’t allow an automatic or  a remembered log-on at shopping sites

o   Look for the lock icon displayed in your browser

General Security Tips

·         Make sure your anti-virus software is up to date

·         Download any new anti-virus signature files before shopping online

·         Complete a virus scan of you system before shopping online


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