Shopping Online

There's nothing like shopping online. You can do tons and tons of research, verify and compare prices, and even get e-mail alerts when the prices of certain items drop! All without having to run from store to store and deal with salespeople.

Along with these advantages comes risk however. If your payment information is captured during trasmission. Or, as is more likely the case, a store stores your credit card details against your will for "future use" and then loses it in a data breach (as in the TJX example).

However, there are several things you can do to benefit from the good while avoiding the bad:

If you like to keep your money and safe yourself the trouble and hassle of getting nailed by a bad or fraudulent retailer online, you need to learn to identify them before it's too late.
Before you buy anything, utilize the vast power of the Internet to research products and pick the best one possible.
You're about to pay for something, but what's the safest way to do it?

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Validating Webstores and Services

It can be hard to know who to trust and who to not trust online, but there are things you can do to verify who the good guys and bad guys are before it's too late.

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Research Products

One of the best things about shopping online is the ability to research information online.

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Paying Online

Ever been nervous about paying online for something. Just take a second to learn about the various options and put your mind at ease.

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