Dec 16, 2012 10:58 PM by katc

Tech Talk: How to Securely Buy Online

With Christmas only nine days away, many people are rushing to get that last minute gift by shopping online. But buyer beware--there are dangers to shopping online. While shopping online can be quicker, and can lead to some better deals, it's not always the safest route. Identity theft and bogus deals can lead to big headaches, so here's some helpful tips while you're checking your list.

First, try shopping with only one card. If your information happens to be compromised, it will be much easier to notice fraudulent charges on one credit or debit card rather than several. Secondly, make sure you only purchase gifts from "secure" websites. Here's how you see if your site is secure: Before the "www" of a website, some website's have http, while others have https. That "S" makes all the difference because that "S" stands for secure. One of those "secure" websites? Facebook. And once you've figured out what that special someone "likes", you can use Facebook's new Gift option. It allows you to buy and send a gift directly to the person of your choosing, even giving you the choice of sending them a personalized message.

If you plan on doing some shopping on Facebook, take some time "like" my page, or send me an email to
I'll be taking questions, assisting with tech purchases...and helping to set up that new gadget from Old Saint Nick.

--Alex Labat



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