Shopping online ? 5 tips for keeping your credit card details safe

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Shopping online is part of modern, daily life. It’s quick, convenient and can be done wherever and whatever you’re doing; but there is a price to pay for our reliance on the internet and whilst some of us may never experience credit card fraud & the chances are that you will. This doesn’t mean that we have to abandon the internet completely, however – in fact most cases of credit card fraud still occurs offline, but we can choose to be savvy about how and where we shop on the web. 1. Check the http has an ˜s’ Before entering your card details on any site, always make sure to check that the address bar has both a padlock icon and that the http has that extra ‘s’ for security and maximum protection. http://not_secure_webpage https://secure_webpage 2. Only use a secure internet connection You can browse to your heart’s content wherever you like, but your home network is secure for a reason – and not just to stop others from using up your bandwidth. If the network you’re on isn’t secureâ then neither are your credit card details. 3. Never buy from websites with links from spam emails These websites are highly likely to be fraudulent and it is extremely unwise to purchase anything from them. You can recognise a spam email if: a. It isn’t addressed to anyone in particular b. It doesn’t contain any information identifying you personally c. Your mail provider has marked it as junk d. You don’t recognise the company or services offered 4. Avoid making online purchases on a public computer This can include...