Online Shopping: How safe is it?

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Updated: 11/26/2012 7:04 pm

        This past weekend thousands of Idahoans, and millions of Americans turned to the internet to find great holiday gifts for their loved ones; but on this Cyber Monday... We wondered just how safe and secure is this growing trend of on-line shopping really is.

While you can’t argue that there are many good deals online, how you get to those deals can make a huge difference.

“#1 be sure that you are on a secure site, look for the S in the HTTPS, in the address bar of your web browser, and be sure that you are going directly to a retailers website and not just clicking on an add or a pop up on somebody else’s website but actually type in the address in your address bar” said Better Business Bureau President Dale Dixon.

In other words, don’t Google search for a retailer; actually go into the address bar on your web browser and type in the website.

“Scam artists are always looking for a way to clone websites, meaning that they’re going to build a look-alike website in order to steal your credit card number and other identifying information, that’s why it’s so important for you to be absolutely certain you are on the website you want to be on” continued Dixon.

Something else the better business bureau says to take into consideration is to use a credit card instead of a debit card when making an online purchase.

“When you use a credit card to do your online shopping there are definitely protections in place through your credit card company which is why you want to use a credit card, not a debit card and you never want to wire money as you’re shopping online” said Dixon.  

If you’re not sure of a company you can always check with the Better Business Bureau.

Spending over the 4 day weekend has totaled at about $59.1 Billion.

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