- Do not share your user names or passwords.
- Use only secure Internet browsers that allow secure transmission of data -look for the closed padlock symbol in the bottom right corner of your screen and the ‘https’ prefix in the website address line.
- Only give your credit card details when you initiate a purchase.
- Keep a record of your transactions, either by keeping your email confirmations or by writing down the confirmation numbers provided by the merchant.
- Carefully check each of your monthly credit card and bank statements and look for unauthorized purchases and withdrawals.
- Confirm the retailer’s delivery and return policies before you make a purchase.
- Never respond to an unsolicited email request for personal or account information, even if it appears to be from a trusted source.
- Never send payment information, including credit card numbers or bank account information by email.
- Educate yourself about online shopping and safety at http://www.visa.ca/en/personal/securewithvisa/shoppingtips.cfm.
- Choose difficult passwords. Avoid using ones that are easy to guess such as your mother’s maiden name, your birth date, or telephone number.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Online Shopping Safety Guide by: Ian MacKenzie
Hello friends, here's something that is very important nowadays. And since its the season of giving and sharing, a lot of you folks might do your shopping online. Here are some safety guides for online shopping.