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Online Shopping Safety Tips

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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
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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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