Shop From A Secure Website

If you are going to be sharing private, personal information such as your address and credit card number with a company, make sure that your information is protected by only shopping from secure websites. How do you know a site is secure? When entering in your credit card information, there are two signs to look…

Look For 3rd Party Seals of Approval

Third parties that look out for the interests of consumers often give their seal of approval to companies that have lived up to or abided by their standards. These seals of approval show that these companies have a good online reputation. The seals are usually given in the form of website badges. When looking for…

Check Out Online Reviews

Looking over reviews from well known third party review sites can give you a good indication of the type of experience you will receive if you order from them. The overall score is important, but also look at specific reviews, both good and bad. A good company can still get some negative reviews – mistakes…

Make Sure The Company Is Easy To Contact

A good rule of thumb when trying to find out if a company is legitimate is to see if they reveal their physical location, with a real address – either retail locations or a head office location. The company should be easy to contact by email and preferably also with a telephone number. Be aware…

Find Their Social Media Pages

Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are increasingly being used by retailers as a way to easily reach out to their customers. Check and see if the company you’re thinking of buying from has an account and if they do, poke around and see what people are saying about them. Often customers post feedback…

Review The Company’s Privacy Policy

A privacy policy is a document that states how a company manages the information and data they have about their customers. Some companies sell their information to third parties, which can sometimes cause security issues. Also check when filling in your customer information that you have not been automatically signed up to receive emails from…

Pay By Credit Card

Credit cards are the safest way to pay for online transactions. Paying by this method leaves a record with the credit card company and protects you against unauthorized charges on your account. Make sure to check your credit card statements regularly to ensure there are no odd charges on your account. Consider getting a credit…

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