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How to Stay Safe While Shopping for Gifts Online

How to Stay Safe While Shopping for Gifts OnlineOnline shopping tips to keep your pocket safe this season.

There’s nothing quite like getting all of your holiday shopping done from the comfort of your sofa. These days, retailers offer online-exclusive products and discounts that are often too good to miss. However, if you’re going to be getting your holiday gifts online, it’s a good idea to keep safety in mind. To prevent getting scammed this season, make sure you check out these online shopping tips before you checkout.

Avoid Using Public Wi-Fi

Buying things over public Wi-Fi is a risky way to make a purchase. Hackers can easily access these networks, meaning that anything you do online can be watched and even controlled. By intercepting the messages sent between your device and the Wi-Fi network, criminals can see everything you’re sending to a website, including your credit card details.

Stick to Well-Known Sites

Now is not the time to check out a new online vendor or trust a shady-looking website. Instead, stick to retailers that you’ve used before and trust. Making sure that you stay on trusted sites will help to avoid falling into a trap set up by a cybercriminal.

Make Sure the Websites are Secure

If you’re making a purchase online, always make sure you’re using a secure site. Look for the padlock in the address bar of the browser for confirmation that any information you send is private. If there’s no padlock or ‘https,’ the information you sent to the website may not be secure.

Here’s to a happy and safe shopping season! The experts at Bell Black Insurance are professionals in insurance and can help you put the proper policies in place. Contact us today to learn more about getting competitive coverage. We serve Idaho Falls, Island Park, Driggs, Victor, Swan Valley, Ashton, and the neighboring communities in Idaho, as well as Jackson and Star Valley in Wyoming.

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