Identity Theft – How to Shop Safely on the Internet

cat-robberyAs a victim of identity theft, I wanted to make sure I protected my customers while they shopped at  I use PayPal and Google Wallet (formally Google Checkout) as the “bank” for my credit card transactions.  By using these two reputable programs, my customers can know their personnal information is safe while they shop online.  I never see my customer’s credit card information!  I only ask shipping (address) and contact (phone and email) information, so I can reach them in case there is an issue with their order.

So how can an online consumer know if they website they are shopping on is secure?  Look in the address bar when you go from the shopping page to the purchase page.  The “http” in the address bar will change from “http” to “https” if the site is secure.  The “s” actually stands for secure.  So if the address does not change when you are on the money page, don’t put in your credit card information, because the site caterpillar-purse-snatcher-afis probably a scam.

We all work hard for our money so be smart when you shop.  Look for the “https” secure address in the URL and protect your credit card information!  She works hard for the money….so hard for it Honey….she works hard for the money so you better treat her right!  Thanks, Donna!


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