Security Tips When Cyber Shopping

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 10:40am

Cyber-Monday sales, even week long cyber deals pop up on just about every legitimate retail site you type into your browser.

Rather than flocking to the stores, its expected that millions and millions will shop from the comfort of their home through out the rest of the Holiday season. According to the Better Business Bureau, last year nearly 97 million logged on to purchase that perfect gift, but unfortunately, shopping from the comfort of your home has it's risks too, if you're not careful.

Scammers and hackers are continually creating fake sites, hoping you'll fall into their trap, purchasing from the bogus sites, all in an attempt to steal your credit card numbers and personal information. Some of these sites offer great deals, free shipping and may be hard to resist, but it may be in your best interest to pass up on these great offers that may be a little too good to be true.

One tip to look for is the web address of the site, if, and only if, the site starts with the letters, http, and if the site has a lock icon on the bottom right section of the site, this would indicate your personal information is secure while making  a purchase.

A final suggestion is to pa with a credit card, if you suspect your information has been stolen, you can dispute the charges. With only weeks left until Christmas, there's still plenty of time out there for you to shop and scammers to scam.

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