Shop online with care this holiday season

Holiday shopping is in full swing and so are the scams. The following tips can help you stay safe when you shop online.

Use a modern browser. Internet Explorer 9 and Internet Explorer 10 (available with Windows 8) include the SmartScreen filter.  SmartScreen helps protect you from fraudulent shopping websites that seek to acquire personal information such as user names and passwords. Learn more about SmartScreen.

Use strong passwords for online retail sites and keep your passwords secret. Make your passwords eight or more characters. Use a combination of numbers, symbols, and uppercase and lowercase letters (the greater the variety of characters, the stronger the password). Also, make sure you don’t use the same password for all the sites you use. Check the strength of your password.

Be careful when you shop online using a public Wi-Fi connection. If possible, save your financial transactions for a secured home connection. Passwords, credit card numbers, or other financial information are less secure on a public network. If you have to make a purchase, choose the most secure connection—even if that means you have to pay for access. Learn more about Wi-Fi safety.

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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 »

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  1. Anonymous

    There is a much better way, USE GOOGLE CHROME!

  2. Anonymous

    Tell me something new!!!!!

  3. Anonymous

    This advice is hugely devalued by the fact it is primarily a thinly disguised advertisement for Windows 8. I wonder if one day someone at Microsoft will admit to themselves how little we trust Microsoft. Somehow I doubt it.

  4. Anonymous

    I would like to permanently eliminate some emails – I have tried blacklisting, erasing, unsubscribing. How can I get rid of them – theyarebocked too but still get through. thanks judy

  5. Anonymous

    *sigh*  There are always people who hate the biggest and best.

  6. Anonymous

    Do not use credit card only pay pal

  7. Anonymous

    Due to the fact that internet is free and open we have to take care of us and our actions on internet!

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