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How to stay safe while shopping online

Tackle hackers, phishers and other no-good cybermerchants

2. If you’ve previously saved your usernames and passwords for e-commerce sites in Internet Explorer, it’s a good idea to delete these to stop would-be criminals getting their hands on them. Choose Tools, Internet Options and select the General tab. Click ‘Delete history’, ‘Delete passwords’ and ‘Delete forms’.

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3. Before giving out your credit-card details online, make sure no one is eavesdropping. A router will provide a hardware firewall. Check that your software firewall is in place by choosing Start, Control Panel, Windows Firewall. Click ‘Change Settings’ if you want to block incoming connections.

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4. You should be using an up-to-date version of your web browser, plus antivirus software that includes antispyware. To make sure Windows’ built-in antispyware is switched on, open Windows Defender and choose Tools, then make sure that automatic scanning and real-time protection are ticked.

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