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Smart tips for holiday shoppingBefore you get lost in online holiday sales, use these tips to avoid getting scammed and to help protect your privacy.
With the Holiday season in full swing it's easy to get a little healthy online and more than that on the web you've got customer review no long lines and no psychotic shoppers with pepper spray fighting you for product. Yeah, that happen in real life but before you start crossing (??) off your wish list there are a few online shopping tips you need to know. I'm Sharon Vaknin CNET, here to show you how to shop safely and avoid online scam. First only shop on site that are trusted and well known like every holiday season you'll see a ton of e-mail, Facebook and Twitter spam for heavenly this kind of gadgets, if you do click through on any of this offers, always check the ad as far to make sure the URL matches the website you're on, scammers love creating websites that look and act like a real one, only design to steal your information so verify the URL and look for that log that tells you the website is using a secure connection, when you're sure the website is trustworthy and you're ready to purchase the product consider these things while checking out. You'll probably be ask to create an account with the website, that's fine but give it a unique password different from any other online account and do not let the site store your credit card information. They do these to see that the check out process for future purchases but if someone gets a hold of your account, they'll have easy access to your funds and definitely use a credit card instead of a debit card or checks to get this actually the safest way to shop online. The electronic funds transfer act limited liability to 50 and sometimes 0 dollars depending on your bank, if you report fraudulent charges within 2 days of discovering them so always keep (??) on your online credit statement for Fraud in order to take advantage of that limited liability when you've checked out take a screen shot of the order page and save it to a dedicated receipt folder for future reference in case your order is somehow mishandled and finally even though this might be obvious, please for the love of technology, do not shop on a public computer where there might be key loggers installed which are programs that can record your keyboard strokes. On the same note don't shop on a public unsecured network like a cafe or your neighbors Wi-fi, your web transactions could be intercepted but if you're absolutely have to shop on an unsecured internet connection, use a program like hot spot shield to protect you from any kind of spying. You have any online shopping tips Twitt me or let me know on Facebook for CNET I'm Sharon Vaknin.