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Online Shopping Safety Tips

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As online shopping becomes more popular it is important to exercise
safety precautions to make this new American pastime rewarding, problem
free and our efforts to save both time and money an excursion we will
surly duplicate over and over again with confidence.

E-commerce sales are growing at an astronomical rate and along with its
popularity grow the possibility of identity theft. Shopping online is not
likely to go away as it is a great source for saving money. We save ...


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As online shopping becomes more popular it is important to exercise
safety precautions to make this new American pastime rewarding, problem
free and our efforts to save both time and money an excursion we will
surly duplicate over and over again with confidence.

E-commerce sales are growing at an astronomical rate and along with its
popularity grow the possibility of identity theft. Shopping online is not
likely to go away as it is a great source for saving money. We save
because online stores aren’t paying to rent buildings, storage space, or
supplying employee payroll and benefits packages. The list of savings is
endless and ultimately because of savings, prices are reduced. You, the
savvy online (e-commerce) shopper get the well deserved discounts.

By using some of the tips, tricks and guidance that follow, you’ll be
able to maintain all the advantages of online shopping. Remember, online
shopping can be fun, easy and rewarding if accomplished correctly. So the
very first and most important thing to remember is to never give out your
social security number online. If the company demands it as a
prerequisite to place your order, find another shopping mall! Giving out
that kind of personal data leaves you wide open to a hacker and
subsequent identity theft.

Always take the time to read the sites privacy and security policies.
This is where you find out just exactly the type of information they will
be requesting when you order. They list usually whom they will be sharing
your information with and why they collect that information about you. If
they sell your personal information to list companies be prepared to be
inundated with advertisements as there is usually a clause giving them
the right and your approval to this advertisement barrage.

Look for special seals of approval from Trust E and the Better Business
Bureau online as these and other companies do have and adhere to strict
guidelines for privacy and security issues. Looking at the web address
and seeing an “s” after the http another words, web addresses starting
with an https:// tells and ensures you the site is a secure website. This
basically means your personal data is scrambled so it can not be hacked
into. An additional safeguard to look for is a picture of a padlock on
the site. A picture of a locked/closed padlock means the site is secure.
An open padlock means the site is not secure. This picture is normally
located at the bottom of the webpage screen.

Do not use your debit card or a personal check to order products online
as this can leave your bank account vulnerable. You are basically
throwing away the protection afforded by the protection a credit card
offers when things go wrong with a purchase. There are many third party
payment options that protect the integrity of a sale. Papal for example
is a third party agency set up for online consumer protection and your
purchase is protected by the Fair Credit Billing Act.

You can have fun and save time doing comparison shopping on the internet
but I’d like to close with an insider secret and that is to simply shy
away from EBay or Ubid shopping. I’m not saying there aren’t deals but
bear in mind with their ever growing popularity and ease of posting;
these sites are loaded with wholesale re-distributors. They shop
wholesale malls, add a mark-up, post their deal and hope you will get
caught up in the excitement of their product auctions. Don’t let your
emotions get caught up in the competition on these sites. The savvy
internet consumer can get some great personal savings on the many
wholesale and discount malls available above and beyond the
auction/seller sites previously mentioned.

Online shopping can save you a bundle and a whole lot of gas when not
chasing sales out and around the city. Just be safe and take the few
precautions we talked about. Your online experience can be highly
rewarding, convenient and secure.

				
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