Smarten up on Internet Shopping, Advises PMIdentity

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PMIdentity Offers Safe Methods for Online Purchases

PMIdentity Offers Safe Methods for Online Purchases

PMIdentity (SM), a leading security and privacy membership program from Adaptive Marketing LLC®, understands online shopping concerns. With all the reports of identity theft circulating these days, a healthy degree of caution is normal.

However, that shouldn't be a deterrent from enjoying the many benefits that online shopping offers. To help, PMIdentity has put together a set of guidelines that will allow for purchasing items both safely and effectively online.

-- Rev up the engine. Search engines are among the most powerful Internet tools. Use them to easily locate desired products and to compare prices at different sites throughout the Web.

-- Go with your gut. If a price seems too good to be true, be wary. Always check to see if a website or company is reputable. When a website seems unsafe, it might be a good idea to think twice about using it. Check around to see if there's a more secure site selling the same product.

-- Make safe transactions. When making payments on a website, check to see if its connections are secure. Secure websites will display some sort of security icon, such as a locked padlock or key, and should also have an "s" after "http" in the website address.

-- Save all receipts. It's smart to save or print out copies of confirmation e-mails, terms and conditions, and warranty information. Be sure to read and understand the company's privacy policy before buying as well. If a site doesn't have a privacy policy posted, consider shopping elsewhere.

-- Savings come in threes. Here are a few extra tips to save money while buying online: 1.) Avoid taxes by purchasing from stores located out of state. 2.) Take advantage of online discounts -- particularly on shipping rates -- for multiple purchases. 3.) Consider buying items on eBay; that site often has hard-to-find but inexpensive offerings. However, when using eBay, it's important to check seller feedback to ensure that sources are reputable.

With these rules in mind, shopping online can be safe and convenient. Use the Internet to find items that may be unavailable in retail stores, and shop from the comfort of home. The Internet is a powerful tool, and learning to use it safely can save you lots of time and money, reminds PMIdentity.

About PMIdentity

Privacy Matters Identity is a leading membership discount program offered by Adaptive Marketing LLC®. Headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., Adaptive Marketing is a category leader in membership programs, bringing value direct to consumers through an array of benefits in healthcare, discounts, security, personal property and personals. Members may access their benefits at PMIdentity.com. With broad online and offline distribution capabilities, Adaptive Marketing offers its corporate client partners effective tools to enhance market presence, strengthen customer affinity and generate additional value through programs such as PMIdentity.

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