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Actionable Tips for Safe Shopping

Submitted by Meditec on Thu, 12/11/2014 - 12:59
Actionable Tips for Safe Shopping

The massive onslaught of data breach has not only disrupted millions of lives, it has changed the way people think. We see an increase in personal security concerns with consumer reactions based on a breach of trust. Over 40 percent of people have indicated they have no interest in shopping at stores that have been attacked, or will most likely not shop at those stores. According to a survey conducted by RetailDive, a publication covering the latest industry insights. As a result, close to 50 percent of shoppers are only using cash. This consumer reaction is not surprising since we are in a retail environment filled with security holes that could be viewed as a frontal assault.

Safe Shopping Tips

There are simple, but effective safe shopping tips to help increase your safety when shopping online, whether it's a grocery shopping site, large shopping websites in general, or simply browsing on cheap shopping sites. Holiday shopping safety tips are especially important because there’s a higher chance of fraud or financial misconducts during the busy holiday season. We've seen cases where shoppers have forgotten to put their credit cards away safely after checkout at a retail store. This is especially true if you're shopping with children and carrying multiple packages. Don't be tempted to simply slip the card into your pocket. Put it where it is safe.

Shopping Guide for Online Websites

For starters, make sure that you're using an up-to-date browser on your computer to derive the most protection. The same holds true for your firewall.

  • Keep your software current with automatic updates.
  • Consider using private browsing while you shop, take care of your online banking, or financial matters.
  • Under no circumstances should you use a public computer such as the ones in a public library, or retail stores such as the public computers K-Mart used to offer customers. Plain and simple, you will be leaving yourself open to hackers.
  • Use passwords for your computer and any internet connected digital devices or cell phones.
  • Change your passwords and user names frequently on shopping websites, and even with your email. Make the password difficult such as your favorite cartoon when you were a kid. Include a few numbers and symbols along with upper and lower case letters.
  • Educate your teens and college age children about the dangers of using a public computer. Quietly explain things carefully, and then ask them if they understand the reasons why. Gently tell them to explain to you what they believe you told them.

This communication technique is an easy way for you to make sure that your children really understand the dangers without making them feel uncomfortable. It may take more than one explanation, but that's fine. Just take it slowly. Do not expect this topic to be covered in school, it's your responsibility. Don't leave credit cards on counters or furniture where they might become a temptation for your children, household help, or delivery people. It only takes a moment for something to disappear. Do not underestimate your kids. Three year olds have learned how to use tablets and cell phones simply from observation Shopping is always fun, especially during holiday season. But make sure to keep your finance details especially during the holiday shopping rush.