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Monday, November 30, 2009

Cyber Monday Online Shopping Tips

By Suzanne O'Connor

Cyber Monday is here and the next two weeks will bring some of the very heaviest online shopping weeks of the year. Like shopping everywhere, it’s buyer beware. So here are some tips to help you shop safely without letting the bad guys get your info.

1. Know your online merchant.  Be familiar with the site you’re shopping. Sites like BizRate.com and others evaluate hundreds of online businesses on customer service, privacy policies and content.

2. Look for sites that off encryption protection on the pages where you enter your billing, credit and personal information. Look for a small key lock symbol in the lower left hand corner of your browser window that will appear locked. Also you look for HTTPS   S standing for Secure.

3. Shop with larger more established companies or a site you have shopped from before. Brand new, never scene before websites should be avoided.

4. Pay by credit card or Pay Pal. Both will cover you incase of fraudulent charges.

5. Print a record of your transaction and save it till your product arrives.

6. Never, ever supply your SSN or birth date when making a purchase.

7. Check the return policy before you purchase. Look for a contact phone number listing in case there is a problem.

8. Always use the latest version of your browser and keep your anti virus ware updated.

9. Most importantly, do your research / homework before you purchase an item. Most sites may give you Free shipping this season, but won’t pay for shipping if you return the item.


Happy web shopping!

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