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While online shopping is convenient and time-saving, shop smart and take precautions to mitigate the risks.  

The Holidays are Approaching – Help Protect Yourself and Shop Smart!

Below are some helpful tips to follow for a safe online shopping experience

  • Enhance the security of your computer.
    • Install a firewall.
    • Install most current anti-virus and anti-spyware software.
     
  • Use strong passwords.
    • Use at least eight characters, with numbers, special characters, and upper and lower-case letters.
    • Don’t use the same passwords for online shopping websites that you use for logging onto your computer.
    • Never share your login and/or password.
     
  • Guard the security of your transaction.
    • When submitting your purchase information, look for the "lock" icon on the browser's status bar .
    • Be sure “https” or “shttp” appears in the website’s address bar. The "s" stands for "secure.”
     
  • Don't email your financial information.
    • Clear-text emails are not a secure method of transmitting financial information such as your credit card, checking account, or Social Security numbers.
     
  • Limit your online shopping to merchants you know and trust.
    • If you have questions about a merchant, verify it with the Better Business Bureau or the Federal Trade Commission.
     
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