1 st Step to Savvy and Safer Shopping Secure your internet environment - This is basic, but less than 1/2 the U.S. population fully protects their computers – and only 4% have secured their tablets or smartphones – Anti-virus and anti-spyware software installed and up- to-date – Make sure your computer’s firewall is on – Encrypt any wireless connection – Never use a public WiFi service for any financial transaction
6 th Step to Savvy and Safer Shopping Do your research - Just because a store claims to have the lowest price, doesn’t mean they actually have the best deal. Comparing the advertised price of an item doesn’t give you the full picture – look at shipping and tax costs too Check the company’s return policy Look for online coupons or discounts. No matter how great the ‘deal’ if you can’t afford it or it’s over your budget, it isn’t a deal
Takeaways Financial transactions from unsecured devices places you at risk of financial identity theft The lowest price isn’t always the best deal Just because a store claims they’ve got a great deal doesn’t mean it’s the best deal Never provide more personal information than necessary to make your purchase
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