11-27-2011 10:23 PM
I am very tempted to buy stuff online (i.e.. threadless.com) but am concerned about the safety of my transactions.
What should I do to ensure that my data is transmitted safely and that my info is not misused?
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11-28-2011 12:26 AM
While I don't have an all-inclusive list of things to make sure of while shopping safely online, let me hit on the most important parts:
That should help keepyou safer when shopping online, and I'm sure some of the other security gurus can provide some additional tips as well to answer your question.
11-28-2011 07:19 AM
Aryeh provided tips for protecting your credit. However, before you start shopping, it is necessary to take care of basic security. This includes having a software firewall and up-to-date antivirus and anti-malware software.
11-28-2011 07:20 AM
11-28-2011 09:28 AM
Good points, MrPeter1985.
Another option that occured to me for Hotmail users is to create a Hotmail alias, although there is a limit of creating up to five e-mail aliases in your Hotmail account each year. (Illustrated instructions on how to use Hotmail aliases here.)
11-28-2011 05:09 PM
Something else that online shoppers might want to do is to watch out for emails asking for more personal information or claiming to confirm purchases. If you receive these, and have any questions regarding these types of requests, it would be prudent to contact the merchant directly to confirm just how legitimate such follow-ups are.
We may be discussing phishing in another topic, so I will wait until later to comment in more detail about that.
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