Safe Online Shopping

Friday, October 10 at 11:20 AM
Category: Personal Finance

Holiday shopping is around the corner and chances are you’ll be doing a lot of that shopping online. Keep your jolly spirit all season long by knowing how to protect yourself online! Here are a few tips to help you keep your information safe online.

  • Make sure the site is secure! Look at the website’s URL and check that it starts with https:// instead of http://.  Think of it as “s” for secure!  Secure sites will also have a small padlock icon in the right corner of the screen. 
  • Set strong passwords on your online accounts. Avoid using passwords that use something like your birthday or anniversary or your child’s name. Avoid using the same password for multiple accounts.
  • Use caution when using a Wi-Fi connection. Protect your home wireless network with a password. When connecting to a public Wi-Fi network, be mindful of what information you are sending over it.
  • Keep your computers and devices up to date. The best defenses against viruses, malware and other online threats are having the latest security software, web browser and operating system. Turn on automatic updates so you are sure to receive the latest fixes as soon as possible.
  • Take advantage of available security features. Protect your card and online purchases using services such as Visa Checkout and Verified by Visa.*

For more safe online shopping tips, visit OnGuardOnline.gov.*

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Consumer Protection, Privacy and Security, Technology
Paul Wooten on 10/11/2014 at 3:23 PM
One item that you might add to safety is not to use your debit card (check card) on line. Only use a credit card, which has more protection and you will not have to worry about losing the money in your checking account.
Vicki Taylor on 10/21/2014 at 4:55 PM
Last year my card number was hacked. In 1 day more than $1200 charged. Check your account daily online and notify the bank. Your card is immediately canceled and another overnighted to you. You don't want a canceled card 2 days before Christmas. Messes with your holiday shopping.
Finly Dyer on 5/11/2015 at 7:46 AM
thanks for the great advice. i learn lot of things in this article. as a online shopping freak we need to be stay safe. Thanks a lot for sharing this.
pricekhan on 7/9/2015 at 12:54 PM

Online shopping in an activity that is on the rise in India now. More and more people are finding it convenient to buy those items such as books, DVDs, laptops, tablets, e-readers, mobile phones, cameras, electronic gadgets, shoes, clothing, furnishings, utensils and kitchenware, perfumes and toiletries, medicines and health products, car care items, etc., etc which otherwise would have taken a lot of their time actually locate and buy. The online retailers provide the fastest solution to locate the item with all those details one would perhaps like to know such as the costs, specifications, appearance, etc..  

Blog comment edited by Blog Admin on 7/9/15.

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