Let's Review: Security Tips For Online Shoppers
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Fraudsters may be licking their chops over nefarious plots to scam online holiday shoppers, but good old common sense can be an effective security shield against their ploys, researchers say.
For starters, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, said Andrew H. Te, CEO of PowWeb, a hosting company for small and medium-sized businesses.
As more people swarm online to do some holiday shopping this year, Te and his company are putting the word out for online shoppers to remember the basics of safe navigation.
They have a lot more people to warn. According to AC Neilsen, 84 percent of Americans are planning to buy at least one holiday gift online this year. That's up by nearly 10 percent compared to the same time last year. Indeed, even by mid-November, Nielsen//NetRatings's sixth annual holiday e-shopping index showed a 60 percent jump in online shopping visits from the week prior.
If you're among the swarm of shoppers heading for e-commerce sites, don't forget tips offered by the FBI and Federal Trade Commission to avoid Internet scams, PowWeb said. They include:
And overall, as they say in the bricks and mortar world, when in doubt,
check it out.
And overall, as they say in the bricks and mortar world, when in doubt, check it out.