Is the online world more dangerous than the real world?

Earlier this week we told you about the
myth that most identity theft occurs online
. Today’s myth is about online

Myth: Making
purchases on the Internet is risky.

Fact: Most security
experts agree that the risk of fraud is greater with offline purchases.

To shop more safely online with Internet Explorer:

  • Look for
    s” stands for secure) in the Web
    address and a closed padlock beside it or in the lower right corner of the browser
  • Create
    strong passwords
    for all online accounts, particularly those used for
    banking or shopping.

  • Consider the reputation of the company or
    website from which you buy.

  • Never make online financial transactions on a
    public or shared computer, or on a public wireless network.

Download a brochure with more myths and facts:

How Dangerous is the Online
World?: Myth vs. Fact

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About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »