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How To: Shop Safely Online This Holiday Season

If you are new to online shopping, or plan to make some last-minute online purchases before Christmas, here are some tips to help you along the way.

  • Be sure to check out websites like Retail Me Not to see if you can get any discount codes for online orders.
  • Make sure your computer is protected from hackers and potential viruses. Keep all your antivirus software up to date, make sure if you have a WiFi connection that it is password protected, and always download the latest security updates for your software and hard drive.
  • Only make purchases from well-known, secure websites. If the site looks sketchy, it probably has sketchy people running it. Follow your gut intuition.
  • Ensure your payment goes through a secure page.

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geohiker geohiker 9 years
Thank goodness for online shopping! I have not set foot in a store for shopping (other than grocery shopping) - and I owe it all to online deals. I love being able to comparison shop on prices and to check out details on products before I buy. Plus, I used to work retail, and I promise your credit card info (card number, expiration date, and your signature) is in a LOT more danger of being stolen when you hand it to some 16 year old kid and it is stored in an unlocked box in the back room for a few years, than when you type it into a secured website.
nikkie45 nikkie45 9 years
thanks for the tips!
Zgun81 Zgun81 9 years
These are great tips. Another good way to find gifts for everyone on your list is to check out ExpoTV’s Holiday Survival Guide (
jordybee jordybee 9 years
Thanks for the tips! I do most of my holiday shopping online b/c there are so many good deals! I just posted several online shopping codes (fashion related) in the Sweet Deals Suite Group here:
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
ooo yes you have to be very careful...I do lots of mine through work because I know that this computer is stocked up on anti-spyware and super safe :)
kitkatherine kitkatherine 9 years
what gets me is when packages get lost. because it's just awkward. my boyfriend's parents hate buying online, and this year his mom bought his sister a bunch of stuff from the victoria's secret pink line and all the packages got lost. it's a bummer
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I've been using Paypal's one-use credit card numbers this year. I've been shopping online for 8 years and I've never once had a problem, but with the Paypal disposable number I make sure it stays that way :)
jejohnson jejohnson 9 years
I also look out for those seals most legit sites have, like the VeriSign seal with the red check mark. You always know you are safe when you see it :)
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