- Type the URL into the address bar. Instead of just clicking a link to take you to your chosen retailer’s website, it’s safer to type the retailer’s URL into the address bar on your web browser. It may take a little more effort, but this simple action can help to prevent you from visiting a fake or malicious website.
- Credit Cards. Use the safest way to pay on the Internet – pay for your order using a credit card. The safest way to purchase items via the Internet is by credit card because you can often dispute the charges if something is wrong.
- Trust your instincts. If you don’t feel comfortable buying or bidding on an item over the web, or if you feel pressured to place your order immediately, maybe you shouldn’t.
- Make sure the Internet connection is secure. Don’t trust a site just because it claims to be secure. Before you give your payment information, check for indicators that security software is in place.
- Be cautious when responding to special offers (especially through unsolicited e-mail).
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