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Secure Online Shopping

Oct 12, 2007
The world wide web offers infinite possibilities and convenient online shopping is one of the many benefits that many people worldwide are getting. The internet gives merchants the chance to have a bigger market for the products they are offering and consumers are given a wider variety of options to choose from as compared before when the choices were merely limited to what local stores and malls offered.

You can basically shop 24/7 anytime of the day and any day of the week since online stores don't close. You can order tulips direct from Holland, spices from India or whatever it is you fancy as long as there is an online shop selling such. The low overhead costs of online stores, gives online merchants the chance to offer online shoppers lower and discounted prices providing both savings and convenience. But despite the many benefits that come with shopping on the internet, it is of utmost importance that online shoppers are careful and cautious to ensure a safe and secure online shopping experience.

A secure web browser is a plus factor because then only you and the vendor will be able to read the encrypted and scrambled purchase information that you will be providing. Most online stores are able to detect if you are using a secure web browser and if not will advise you to proceed accordingly. New computers are installed with secure web browsers or you could download them on the internet for free.

You should keep all records and correspondences made with the vendor. The vendor emails you a confirmation receipt of your order. This would be useful especially if you have any complaints or problems.

When receiving your credit card or bank statements, check if there are no erroneous entries or if all charges are in order. If you happen to find unauthorized transactions or errors call immediately your bank or your credit card company.

Read the online store's policies on returns, refunds, exchanges, privacy policy, disclosure on website's security and FAQ pages.

To protect your identity, never give out your password. Always be careful and watch the stuff that you download. Never download files or view graphics sent by strangers. If a URL link is being sent to you through email by someone you do not know, you might as well delete the email and don't attempt to click on the link. Always keep your personal info private and never give it out unless you know who is asking for it and why they need it.
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