To get the best deals, however, online experts said you need to watch your browser’s address bar closely to make sure you’re shopping safely.
Be sure to shop only on well-known retail websites, and don’t buy unless the website uses Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, encryption.
You can tell a website is SSL-protected by looking for the following in the address bar:
- Web address begins with https:// instead of http://
- Address bar shows a padlock icon at the end.
Here are some other do’s and don’ts from the experts at eCoupons.com:
DON’T “like” Facebook contests. That gives the owner of a page access to your profile. Liking a contest doesn’t mean you’re automatically entered. Beware of other social media offers that don’t look legitimate.
DO use credit instead of debit. You can always dispute a credit card charge, but a debit card won’t always protect you against fraud.
DON’T click on sponsored ads in search engine results that start with the retailer’s name with a different Web address below it. Those are typically phone websites.
If you get caught up in shopping online and your privacy has been breached contact Blick Law Firm today for assistance and get the legal representation you deserve. Think quick, call Blick. 813-931-0840