Be Safe When Shopping Online - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/8/03

Be Safe When Shopping Online

We see most people doing their holiday shopping at department stores but the internet is a growing number of Americans are doing their shopping. "We expect to see a 21% increase in online holiday shopping this year. That change will come mostly from new people shopping online." Retail Analyst Patti Freeman Evans says those shoppers are expected to spend a combined total of $16.8 billion online.

Before choosing convenience, you'll need to make sure your shopping is secure and safe. "Consumers should take extra precautions, follow safety guidelines to make sure their personal information, and their credit card, information and computers are safe."

Earthlink Chief Privacy Officer, Les Segraves offers some safety solutions to shopping online. "Make sure you shop with reputable online retailers and any information you put in is on a secure site. That is indicated by a lock symbol at the bottom of the screen. You should always check for a return or refund policy when you shop online and save all the documentation. You should also be aware of any holiday themed attachments from people who don't usually send you things. These can contain viruses and spyware that take your information."

These are some Safety Solutions for your online shopping experience.

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