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Online Shopping

Online shopping is convenient, but you have to be aware of the security risks involved.

To shop safely and securely, follow these tips:

  • Shop through reputable online stores
  • Look for the lock icon on the browser's status bar and make sure that "https" appears in the address (https://...) before completing online purchases
  • Pay with a credit card instead of a debit card. With credit card transactions, you have a period of time before money is transferred, but debit transactions are immediately withdrawn from your account
  • Be cautious about storing passwords and payment methods online
  • Print and save records of your online transactions, especially online receipts and any electronic correspondence you have with the retailer or seller
  • Review your credit card and bank statements as you receive them and immediately report unauthorized charges
  • Use a cross-cut shredder to shred all documents when no longer needed