Snag post-holiday deals online without compromising security

By on January 6, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Posted in: Safety

By guest blogger Alencia J., Maryland

Well, the holiday shopping season’s over. But the post-holiday deals are there for the taking, and you don’t even have to venture out into the winter weather. More and more people find the convenience and ease of online shopping to be irresistible. If you plan to seek out such cyber-deals, follow these safety tips:

  • Go straight to the site by typing in the store’s URL instead of using a search engine.
  • Always make sure the padlock icon is in the browser status bar and that the URL has a “https” prefix.
  • Check your PayPal account frequently for signs of fraud.
  • Be cautious about e-mail confirmations with attachments or no tracking numbers. Track your order through the site shipping the item.
  • Do not store or “save” your passwords in your browser.

Got any other online-shopping security tips you’d like to share?

4 responses to “Snag post-holiday deals online without compromising security

  1. Trick says:

    I have a pet kitty.  Kitty’s fur is soft and warm and I like to squeeze the kitty.   We musn’t squeeze the kitty too hard or we might hurt her.  The same logic applies to shopping on-line.  Be careful out there!

  2. TheMaeds says:

    Luckily I waited and was able to find a great deal on a shakeweight and a slap-chop….Post holiday shopping rules

  3. BRD Man says:

    I’m addicted to online shopping. But you do get the best deals. And Trick, i have 2 dogs.

  4. angela phillips says:

    i love to shop on line but i waited for a ring at macys to go on sale. according to my hubby it would be alot less. well it doubled in price. at xmas it went to 426 then after xmas it went to 850. i was so mad it is a beautiful ring now i can not get it. i am upset but i will know next year. jewelry always goes on sale before xmas not after.