More and more people are shopping online these days, and of course, anytime you’re spending your money, you want to be sure to be safe. Here are some reminders on how to shop safely online:
- Shop on the websites of reputable merchants, and when shopping on a new site, look for reviews before placing your purchase to gauge the experience of other consumers.
- Check that the website you’re shopping on is secure: you should see a padlock symbol in the browser window frame and “https” in the web address line.
- Pay online with a credit card instead of a debit card — it’s generally the safer option, giving you recourse if your order is not delivered, or is not what you expected when it arrives.
- Keep your receipts and make sure the amount actually matches your final bill — sometimes there can be errors or unexpected fees. Be sure to investigate anything unusual immediately.
Although it can be convenient, just remember to protect your money by being safe online.
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