News ArticleTech Tip: 3 tips for Safe Online Shopping

November 29, 2016

by Danicia Steele at 2:33 PM in Campus Community, Interesting, Tech Tips


  1. Use Familiar Websites: Start at a trusted site rather than shopping with a search engine. Search results can be rigged to lead you astray, especially when you drift past the first few pages of links.
  2. Look for the Lock: Never buy anything online using your credit card from a site that doesn't have a SSL (secure sockets layer) encryption installed—at the very least. You'll know if the site has SSL because the URL for the site will start with HTTPS:// and not  just HTTP://). An icon of a locked padlock will appear, typically in the status bar at the bottom of your web browser, or right next to the URL in the address bar. It depends on your browser.
  3. Don't Tell All: No online shopping store needs your social security number or your birthday to do business. However, if crooks get them, combined with your credit card number for purchases, they can do a lot of damage. The more they know, the easier it is to steal your identity. When possible, default to giving up the least amount of information.

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