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by Maria Tom - Monday, January 25, 2016, 4:49 AM
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Online shopping can be a convenient and fun activity, provided you take a few precautions to ensure that your information and money stay safe. Take the time to review these tips on what to do when making a purchase in order to have the best experience possible.


When Making a Purchase:

Review the product

Reviews are an important source of information for online transactions: Consumers embrace reviews and ratings in the process of selecting products and vendors. For the indication of importance, consider aspects: (a) awareness: users are aware of reviews and ratings and use the information purposely in their selection process; (b) frequency: online shoppers do frequently use reviews and ratings as source of information; (c) comparison: importance is indicated if consumers read reviews carefully and compare them with the opinion of other users; (d) effect: reviews and ratings can be considered important, if they affect the product selection

Before you purchase anything, visit to get the honest and trustworthy review of the product.

Don't shop at a site if you're not comfortable

if you feel that the site may not be secure, you're probably right. Little things such as misspellings, requests for excessive personal information, and low-resolution logos and photos may be warning signs.

Never click on links from spam emails to make purchases

it’s always a bad idea to click on a link in an email from someone you don’t know, but it's particularly dangerous if you buy on a site advertised in a spam email. Always try to use a search engine to locate legitimate e-tailer sites.

Check the web address to make sure you are on the correct site

Once you arrive at a site, you need to make sure that it is legitimate and not a fake or spoofed version.

Use a credit card or an online payment service

if the site turns out to be fraudulent, your credit card company will usually reimburse you for the purchase; and in the case of credit card fraud, and the law should protect you. Some credit card companies even offer extended warranties on purchases. With debit cards, it can be more difficult to get your money back and you don’t want your account to be drained while you’re sorting things out with your bank. Another option savvy shoppers sometimes use is a one-time-use credit card, which includes a randomly generated number that can be used for one transaction only.