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Get Privacy Of  Online Shopping

    Online shopping can be a convenient and fun activity, provided you take a few precautions to ensure that your information and money stay safe. Take the time to review these tips on what to do when making a purchase in order to have the best experience possible.When shopping online, there are certain facts about which you should be aware: accurate descriptions of your purchases, returns and refunds, security of payment facilities, privacy of your personal data, written confirmation of your order, and what do to if something goes wrong.


Avoid Online Shopping


    1. Avoid Excessive Forms

    A good Web safety rule of thumb is to avoid filling out forms that require personal information in order to keep anything from being entered into public, searchable record, aka Web results. You can use BugMeNot to avoid filling out unnecessary forms that ask for too much personal information.

    2. Sweep History

    Most Web browsers keep track of every single Web site you type into the address bar. This Web history should be periodically cleared out not only for privacy's sake, but also to keep your computer system running at top speed. In Internet Explorer, you can delete your search history by clicking on Tools, then Internet Options. In Firefox, all you need to do is go to Tools, then Options, then Privacy. You can also clear your Google searches very easily.

    3.  Log Out Of Search Engines

    Most search engines these days require you to create an account and log in to access the full array of their services, including search results. In order to best protect your privacy, it's always a good idea to log out of your account after executing your Web searches. In addition, many browsers and search engines have an auto-complete feature that suggests endings for whatever word you might be typing in. This is a very convenient feature, however, if you're looking for privacy it's something you'll want to get rid of.

    4. Look at Your Downloads

    Be extremely cautious when downloading anything (software, books, music, videos, etc.) from the Web. This is a good idea for privacy advocates, but it's also a great way to keep your computer from freezing up and malfunctioning. Be very cautious when choosing what to download from the Web; some programs include adware that will report your surfing habits back to a third-party company that will then use that information to send you ads and unwanted emails, otherwise known as spam.

    5.Protected Your Private Information

    Before sharing anything online - on a blog, website, message board, or social networking site - be sure it's not something you would mind sharing in real life, off the Web. Don't share information that could identify you in public, especially if you are a minor. Keep identifying details, like user names, passwords, first and last names, addresses, and phone numbers, to yourself. Your email address should be kept as private as possible, because an email address can be used to track other identifying information.


Some Tips of Online Shopping


  • Don't shop at a site if you're not comfortable—If you feel that the site may not be secure, you're probably right. Little things such as misspellings, requests for excessive personal information, and low-resolution logos and photos may be warning signs.

  • Never click on links from spam emails to make purchases—It's always a bad idea to click on a link in an email from someone you don’t know, but it's particularly dangerous if you buy on a site advertised in a spam email. Always try to use a search engine to locate legitimate e-tailer sites.
  • Check the web address to make sure you are on the correct site—Once you arrive at a site, you need to make sure that it is legitimate and not a fake or spoofed version.
  • Use a credit card or an online payment service—If the site turns out to be fraudulent, your credit card company will usually reimburse you for the purchase; and in the case of credit card fraud, the law should protect you. Some credit card companies even offer extended warranties on purchases. With debit cards, it can be more difficult to get your money back and you don’t want your account to be drained while you’re sorting things out with your bank. 
  • Use strong passwordsChoose passwords that are difficult to guess and are at least 10 characters long consisting of a combination of numbers, letters, and symbols. Remember to keep your passwords private and don't set your computer to remember your credit card number or password when you create an account on an online shopping site. 

       **Shop Online With Confidence**