Don’t provide your credit card information to a website unless you navigated to the site yourself, rather than clicking a link in an e-mail or text.
Make sure a website is secure by looking for a “lock” icon on your browser window or the abbreviation “https,” rather than “http,” at the beginning of the website address. For added security, consider using a temporary credit card when shopping online.
Finally, don’t send credit card information over “public” wireless (networks that can be accessed without a password).
About the Author
Cam Merritt has been a professional writer and editor since 1992, specializing in articles about spectator sports, personal finance and law. He has contributed to “USA Today,” “The Des Moines Register” and the “Better Homes and Gardens” family of magazines and websites. Merritt has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Drake University.
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