Online Shopping: Safety Tips

Shopping for a new TV or laptop is fun and exciting, but it can also be risky if you don’t take the proper precautions. While most of us have probably heard about identity theft and credit card fraud, scammers are constantly coming up with new ways to steal your personal information. If you plan on doing any online shopping this holiday season, here are some tips from Rock Da House International Warehouse to keep yourself safe:

Make sure you’re shopping on a secure site.

  • Look for the padlock symbol. If you see one, it means that your connection to the site is secure and encrypted.
  • Look for https:// in the URL. This means that your information is being sent over a secure connection (as opposed to http://).
  • Look for a certificate authority. Some sites use these third parties to verify their identity, so if you see one listed on their website or in your browser’s address bar when visiting them, it’s another sign that they are legitimate businesses who take security seriously

Don’t use public computers or WiFi to shop online.

  • Don’t use public computers or WiFi to shop online.
  • Use a secure connection when shopping on your phone, tablet or other device. If you’re using a public computer, make sure it’s not one that has been compromised by malware or viruses that could steal your information. Also be wary of any networks that aren’t password protected (like those at airports) since they can be used to steal data from unsuspecting users who log into their accounts while connected there.

Never give out your credit card information.

Never give out your credit card information.

This is the most important tip of all. Never, ever, ever give out your credit card information to anyone who calls or emails you with a request for it. It’s not just about online shopping; this applies to any situation where someone asks for your card number over the phone or through an email message. Even if they say they’re from a reputable company like Amazon or Apple, don’t fall for it! If anything does seem suspicious–if there are spelling mistakes in their message (which happens often), if there’s too much urgency in their tone or language used–just delete the email and move on with life until you feel comfortable buying again from that retailer next time around.

Get a good antivirus program, like McAfee.

If you’re going to be shopping online, it’s important to have a good antivirus program like McAfee. This way, your computer will be protected from viruses and other harmful files that could harm your computer. If you don’t already have an antivirus program installed on your computer, go ahead and download one now!

Online shopping can be safe if you follow these tips!

  • Don’t give out personal information.
  • Don’t use public computers to shop online.
  • Avoid shopping on mobile devices and using public Wi-Fi networks for secure transactions such as banking or shopping, because these can be vulnerable to hacking.
  • Never click on links in email from unknown sources; instead, type the website address directly into your browser’s address bar (or copy/paste it) before proceeding with any purchases or downloads.
  • Don’t open attachments in emails unless you know who sent them and why they’re being sent–if it looks like spam, it probably is! Also be wary of pop-up ads that claim there are problems with your computer’s security software; these could be malware trying to trick users into downloading fake antivirus programs that will actually infect their systems instead of protecting them from viruses!


Online shopping is a great way to save money, but it’s important to make sure that you’re doing it safely. By following the tips above, you can be sure that your information won’t get stolen and that no one will be able to access your credit card number without permission.

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