Sunday, December 6, 2009

BBB: 10 Tips for Safe Online Shopping This Holiday Season

Cyber Monday—the Monday following Thanksgiving—marks the open season for online Holiday Shopping. This year, more than ever, Holiday shoppers are on the hunt for great deals and Better Business Bureau recommends 10 tips for staying safe when shopping online.

“Many consumers are extremely comfortable shopping online and simply don’t consider the threat of identity theft or unscrupulous retailers during the holiday season,” said Steve Cox, BBB spokesperson. “While the online environment has become a thriving, trusted marketplace, e-commerce has also opened a door and created a ripe environment for scammers to set up shop online and start ripping people off.”

BBB offers the following “Top 10 Online Shopping Tips” for holiday shoppers to help prevent being taken in by unscrupulous online retailers, scammers and hackers:

1. Protect your computer -- Your computer should have the most recent updates installed for spam filters, anti-virus and anti-spyware software, and a secure firewall.  Continue -

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