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Online shopping safety

Date Posted: Tuesday, November 28, 2023

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Prepping for your online shopping spree this holiday season? Be wary of scams and use these online shopping tips for keeping your information safe. 

  • Do business with reputable vendors
    • Before providing any personal or financial info, make sure you are interacting with a reputable, established vendor
  • Use secure payment methods
    • There are laws to limit your liability for fraudulent credit card charges, but you may not have the same level of protection for your debit cards
  • Don’t fall for email scams
    • Attackers may attempt to gather info by sending emails requesting that you confirm purchase or account information. Legitimate businesses will not solicit this type of info through email
  • Check site security before you buy
    • Many sites use secure socket layer to encrypt info. Indications that your info will be encrypted include a URL that begins with “https:” instead of “http.” and a padlock icon.

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