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Shop carefully on Amazon.com

Amazon includes a huge range of products, many with fast shipping. However, you should be careful when shopping there to avoid counterfeits and tainted products. If in doubt, look at the seller’s account as well as the reviews for the product, especially the negative ones.

Use trusted internet connections when banking or shopping online

When examining your online bank balance or making a purchase, try to avoid networks you don’t typically use, particularly public Wi-Fi hotspots they are not very secure, which makes it easy for others to intercept your data.  When you’re doing important transactions use your password-protected home network or employ a virtual private network (VPN) service.

Don’t save credit card info on websites

Websites will often offer to save your card details for next time. This is convenient, but not without risk. If the site were ever breached, your card number might be stolen and used for fraudulent purchases. The alternative is to enter the number manually each time or pay with a more secure service such as […]

Take advantage of payment services like Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay

Although they have limited acceptance online, these three payment services have a growing presence in physical retail. They’re safer than using your actual payment cards, since they do not supply the real card number but rather a device identifier. Anywhere that shows the logo for one of these services will usually accept all three, so […]

Don’t use debit cards online

Debit cards can be good alternatives to credit cards because they don’t saddle you with interest-bearing debt. However, if they’re compromised, the fallout can be much worse since a stranger might have direct access to your funds while you have fewer options for recourse. Consider using a credit card with good fraud protection for online […]

Check website privacy policies

Before submitting your email address online, look for a privacy policy. Most reputable websites will have a link to their privacy policy from any form where you’re asked to submit personal data. You should read this policy before submitting your email address or any other personal information so that you know what the owners of […]