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Ways To Shop Safely This Holiday Season

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 12 Post-It Notes

Yesterday I was able to attend an online press conference about shopping safely online this holiday season and I wanted to share the information with you all. This year online sales are supposed to skyrocket with about 42% of Americans buying at least one gift online this holiday season. So with this in mind here are a few tips to help ease your mind:

  1. Look for the “S” for Security: Make sure the sites you are shopping from are secure and have “HTTPS” in the URL. The “S” ensures security. Also, look for the padlock symbol and research shopping sites at locations such as shopzilla.com and pricegrabber.com.
  2. Stay Current on Security Software: Make sure you have the latest virus protection software updates from your provider before you start your holiday shopping.
  3. Think Before You Link: Employ a URL scanning tool to ensure you’re not clicking on links that lead to infected websites. Free tool here: http://free.avg.com/us-en/download-avg-anti-virus-free-edition I thought this in particular was one of the best tips. As a blogger it will help me check links before I pass them on to all of you!
  4. Keep Your Private Information Private: Make sure you keep your personal information private. Create a separate e-mail account just for shopping and use a unique password. Keep records of your online shopping by printing confirmation pages and e-mail confirmations.
  5. Mix Up Your Passwords: Each e-mail, bank, credit card account should have a unique password. Write them down and store them in a secure location. One thing they mentioned during the press conference was using a phrase like "mykidisthebest!" Something easy to remember.
For more information and links to FREE AVG virus protection downloads(Can't beat FREE!) be sure to visit: www.shop.org/shopsafely

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  • Creative Junkie said:  

    I never knew about that URL scanning thing!

    And the password suggestion was good too - I need to change a lot of mine soon.

    I am paranoid whenever I buy something over the internet and if I don't see the https in the address bar or the lock on the bottom of my screen, I immediately leave.

  • Brittany said:  

    Whoa! Awesome!!! And I thought the s in the http made it fake -- duh, now I know!!! Thanks!

  • Staci said:  

    Thanks for the tips! I always get nervous shopping online. I'll have to keep these in mind.

  • Haasiegirl said:  

    you are so right! Its scary online AND in person when it gets this time of year. Thanks for the tips!

    trisha

  • Night Owl Mama said:  

    WOw great tips thanks much I'll have to remember those

  • karissa said:  

    i only shop online. I do need to be more careful. I just got ripped off for a logo. boo me. thanks for the tips girl!

  • MommaWad09 said:  

    These are all great ways to stay safe. thanks for sharing!!
    Annie W ... mommawad@yahoo.com

  • Anonymous said:  

    Staying safe during the holidays is extremely important, whether it be from online predators or actual in-person predators. So many people are victims to identity fraud that millions of dollars are stolen every year. It is best to be cautious and safe as much as possible. Thanks for the tips.
    heidibokor @ yahoo . com

  • charity/ccboobooy said:  

    I do a lot of online shopping, and you really have to be safe. Thanks for the tips.

  • Sheilacakes said:  

    Great tips. Those are something people forget to think about.

  • Dree said:  

    Thanks for the tips. I used to use all the same passwords and boy did I pay for it.

  • Ardy22 said:  

    These are some great and safe tips. Wish all would heed them.

    The http with an s is especially important that many overlook