Rogue merchants aren't the only worry when holiday shopping online. However, following these simple tips, it's easy to make
sure your own online Christmas shopping is safe. These three simple tips for safe holiday shopping online will ensure you get exactly the gift you're looking for with none of the hassles you don't.
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If you’re finally ready to make a purchase, you want to be sure that the site you’re on is secure so that no one else can steal your credit card information. One way to do is to see if there’s an S appended to the http which is located in your browser’s address bar. For example, when I go to amazon.com, you’ll see the regular http before the URL. But when I’m logged to my account and go to my personal part of the site like my recommendations, you’ll see an S added to the http. This means that an extra layer of security has been added making this information private and not reachable by bad guys. You want to be sure you see that before you enter in your credit card information when making a purchase. Another way to check to see if you’re on a secure site is to look for the little lock down on the status bar of your web browser. Any report or retailer will be sure to be in compliance with security protocol. So if you don’t see these things, then don’t make your purchase through them. It’s just not worth it. You can also check it yourself by viewing the security certificate. In FireFox, you just need to click on the website icon here. And it will tell you that it’s verified by VeriSign Inc. and that it’s encrypted to prevent eavesdropping. If you use Internet Explorer, then all you need to do is click on the lock icon to be sure that it’s verified. Thanks for watching and don’t miss the next episode in the Shopping Safely and Finding Deals Online series.