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How to stay safe while shopping online

Tackle hackers, phishers and other no-good cybermerchants

8. But https isn’t an absolute guarantee – criminals can register for these security certificates too. For more dependable protection, ensure you never click on an unknown web link in any email message and always keep your phishing filter turned on. (In Internet Explorer, choose Tools, Phishing Filter.)

Step 8

Step 8

9. You’ve found a great deal online, but you’ve never heard of the shop. What now? Check it out before you buy. Google the shop’s name and address to double-check that the business has an actual physical location. If it’s an eBay store, be sure to check the seller’s feedback profile and seller ratings.

Step 9

Step 9

10. Boring smallprint is often small for a reason. Don’t ever buy without checking a site’s privacy policy – will it sell on your information or use it to bombard you with offers? Sites in some countries aren’t subject to the same privacy laws as UK stores. Look for conformation to a known standard such as TRUSTe.

Step 10

Step 10

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