New Fall 2006 Consumer Guide for Online Security – Shoppers Beware

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For most online shoppers, it is almost like second nature to enter their credit card information in a Web form and click the "submit" button. As with every busy shopping season, however, consumers should be on the alert when it comes to security, now more than ever.

For most online shoppers, it is almost like second nature to enter their credit card information in a Web form and click the "submit" button. As with every busy shopping season, however, consumers should be on the alert when it comes to security, now more than ever.

The more the Web grows, the more fraudulent sites are appearing. The benefits of online shopping are tremendous, but the risks are still there, even after years of progress for online security.

Robert Tyack, owner of a fast-growing shopping mall called MyTimeShopping.com, reveals five ways Web consumers can keep their personal information secure while shopping freely on the Internet. He has experience working with consumers and the entire order processing method, and understands how easily credit card security can be compromised.

"Shoppers can still have a fun and safe experience while shopping for all their personal or gift items if they remember these five crucial tips," states Tyack.

1. Secure Web Address - Look for the "S"

Before entering that credit card number, shoppers should take just a moment to glance at the URL address in their browser. Is it secure? An easy way to know is to look for the "s" after the "http." It will look like this: "https://www" before the actual web address.

Also, the bottom of the browser will have a lock and key symbol that is showing the page is "locked" or secure. A secure Web page means that a hacker would have a very difficult time getting to the credit card information on the company's order forms.

2. Use Online Search Engines

Search engines provide a wealth of information when it comes to online security. Personal searches on a particular company can be done if a shopper feels uneasy about buying from them. Shoppers should use key phrases such as customer service, secure, complaints or even "I bought" along with the actual company name to see if others have had experience with the company.

3. Beware of Fraudulent Emails

There has been a series of spam or fraudulent emails going around for several years that will prompt users to enter their log-in or credit card information for certain Internet companies. The problem with these emails is they claim to be from a well-known company the shopper may recognize.

The email will make a claim that the shopper must verify their account information or credit card information to reactivate their account. These come in many shapes and forms, so web users should be aware of any emails asking them to verify personal or log-in information. They should always go directly to the actual company's web site they are claiming to be by typing the URL into the browser and then contact the company about the email. Don't click any links in the actual email and don't reply to these types of emails.

4. Consolidate Shopping

If shopping for multiple items, shoppers should try to locate a dependable online mall for all or most of their needs. This is especially wise around the holiday season when buying many gifts for loved ones. By doing this, shoppers only have to enter their credit card information at one web location instead of many, thus reducing security risks.

5. Check with the Better Business Bureau

If shoppers are uncertain about the reputation of a company, they should check with the Better Business Bureau site for complaints against the company. It is fast and free to check up on any business.

"Those who have security in mind and know how to recognize scams can enjoy the convenience of shopping freely on the Web," states Tyack.

More information about shopping online can be found at Tyack's web site: http://www.mytimeshopping.com

For an interview or more information, please contact Robert Tyack by phone at (206) 824-5125.

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