Title: Online Shopping Safety Tips Word Count: 675 Summary: As online shopping becomes more pop ular it is important to exercise sa fety precautions to make this new A merican pastime rewarding, problem free and our efforts to save both t ime 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 it s popularity grow the possibility o f identity theft. Shopping online i s not likely to go away as it is a great source for saving money. We s Keywords: ave ... internet shopping Article Body: As online shopping becomes more pop ular it is important to exercise sa fety precautions to make this new A merican pastime rewarding, problem free and our efforts to save both t ime 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 it s popularity grow the possibility o f identity theft. Shopping online i s not likely to go away as it is a great source for saving money. We s ave because online stores aren_t pa ying to rent buildings, storage spa ce, or supplying employee payroll a nd benefits packages. The list of s avings is endless and ultimately be cause of savings, prices are reduce d. You, the savvy online (e-commerc e) shopper get the well deserved di scounts. By using some of the tips, tricks a nd guidance that follow, you_ll be able to maintain all the advantages of online shopping. Remember, onli ne shopping can be fun, easy and re warding if accomplished correctly. So the very first and most importan t thing to remember is to never giv e out your social security number o nline. If the company demands it as a prerequisite to place your order , find another shopping mall! Givin g out that kind of personal data le aves you wide open to a hacker and subsequent identity theft. Always take the time to read the si tes privacy and security policies. This is where you find out just exa ctly the type of information they w ill be requesting when you order. T hey list usually whom they will be sharing your information with and w hy they collect that information ab out you. If they sell your personal information to list companies be p repared to be inundated with advert isements as there is usually a clau se giving them the right and your a pproval to this advertisement barrage. Look for special seals of approval from Trust E and the Better Busines s Bureau online as these and other companies do have and adhere to str ict guidelines for privacy and secu rity issues. Looking at the web add ress and seeing an _s_ after the ht tp another words, web addresses sta rting with an https:// tells and en sures you the site is a secure webs ite. This basically means your pers onal data is scrambled so it can no t be hacked into. An additional saf eguard 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 mea ns the site is not secure. This pic ture is normally located at the bot tom of the webpage screen. Do not use your debit card or a per sonal check to order products onlin e as this can leave your bank accou nt vulnerable. You are basically th rowing away the protection afforded by the protection a credit card of fers when things go wrong with a pu rchase. There are many third party payment options that protect the in tegrity of a sale. Papal for exampl e is a third party agency set up fo r online consumer protection and yo ur purchase is protected by the Fai r Credit Billing Act. You can have fun and save time doin g comparison shopping on the intern et but I_d like to close with an in sider 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 g rowing popularity and ease of posti ng; these sites are loaded with who lesale re-distributors. They shop w holesale malls, add a mark-up, post their deal and hope you will get c aught up in the excitement of their product auctions. Don_t let your e motions get caught up in the compet ition on these sites. The savvy int ernet consumer can get some great p ersonal savings on the many wholesa le and discount malls available abo ve and beyond the auction/seller si tes previously mentioned. Online shopping can save you a bund le and a whole lot of gas when not chasing sales out and around the ci ty. Just be safe and take the few p recautions we talked about. Your on line experience can be highly rewar ding, convenient and secure.
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