Safe Cyber ​​Shopper: Stay safe when shopping online.

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Shopping online has many advantages! Shopping online can also place you in a bind if you are not careful. Here are some tips to help protect you, your information, and your money.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Now that Thanksgiving celebrations are being devoured across the country, people are ready to go shopping on Black Friday! A post Thanksgiving tradition that has been around since the 1950s.

But maybe you are out of store shopping and consider yourself a cyber shopper.

Well, if that’s the case, here are some tips on how to play it safe when shopping online while grabbing some great bargains at the same time.

First things first: do your shopping early!

Not only can the purchase take longer than you think, but the shipping too.

“If you are shopping online this holiday season, you want to make sure you start early, especially online when it comes to shipping costs and the like, as it takes a little longer to ship than if you actually go to the store and pick up these items,” said Lindsay George, BBB communications and marketing coordinator for North Alabama.

When shopping online, be sure to check out the companies you shop with, especially if you don’t normally shop there.

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“Use trusted providers online. So many of us will use Amazon, we’ve been using it for years, certainly due to COVID. But if you’re redirected to another website you’re unfamiliar with, or “I’ve never bought from them before, but that’s certainly something you need to at least weigh the risks involved and maybe a little more researching this company, “said Gray Analytics vice president and general counsel, Jay Town.

So, okay – shop early, buy from trusted websites, done!

But what is the ideal form of payment when it comes to protecting your personal information?

“Credit card is one of the safest forms of payment, especially when it comes to online shopping. That way, using a credit card gives you extra protection against fraud and identity theft in case something goes wrong,” said George.

Using just one credit card is not enough; you should also keep an eye on your bank accounts.

“Monitor your accounts, monitor your credit card accounts, monitor your savings and checking accounts, and make sure those activities are your purchases,” Town said.

“If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is,” said George.

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