Author:  Carol Hackler

When shopping online you must be very careful about creating an account and entering personal information on a website.  You need to check for signs that the sight is secure and trustworthy.

Look for Security features. 

The “https” at the beginning of a web address indicates the page uses a secure form of encryption to protect your information.  Most browsers use other security indicators such as- a symbol, (example a padlock, and/or color change).  But beware that indicators aren’t foolproof.

Do some investigating.

Research the seller before buying the first time.  Confirm the seller or businesses physical address and phone number.  Legitimate entities provide this so you can contact them with problems.

Check the privacy policies. 

Understand what personal information the site collects and how they use it and if they share information.  Check what security measures are used to protect your information.

Check the seller or businesses return or refund policy and shipping charges so you will not be surprised if a problem arises.

Be aware of links connected to other web sites and pop-up adds that appear while you are on social media sites.

If you have any questions, please contact your local banking center.