Today, we can purchase just about anything we want online. We can buy clothing, books, music and so much more at thousands of websites. You use your credit card and personal information to make these online purchases. However, do you know how to be sure your information is safe and secure while you are making your purchases?
Many sites such as www.offers.com are completely safe and secure; however, there are other sites and individuals who many be lurking out there just waiting to steal your identity and your money. Here are a few tips on maintaining your security online.
If the online site has a storefront that you can visit in person, go visit to see if the product you are interested in is the same as that being offered online.
When you visit online sites, make sure that it is using encryption software. You should see a padlock icon at the bottom of your browser, as well as seeing “https” rather than “http” in the address window. Many sites also provide an icon stating that the site is secure.
If you are using a paper catalog in addition to the online site, make sure that you can also shop using mail or phone orders. If the site or catalog does not have a phone number, you should not shop at that retailer.
Another great tip is to use gift cards or prepaid debit cards as payment. This will eliminate the need for entering your credit card number and information.