5 Tips for Safe Shopping Online

Jan 26th, 2012 by Jenna Goldberg | Be The First To Comment

Secure Online Shopping

Don’t let the news of an online retailer’s security breach scare you away from shopping online indefinitely. Now more than ever, it is safe and secure to purchase that hard-to-find item conveniently online. The best way to ensure a secure transaction through an online retailer is to be proactive and learn how to protect your personal information. Take these 5 easy tips to safe shopping online and worry no more.

1. Know how your information is being used:

Read the privacy policy listed on the website and find out what information the merchant is collecting about you. Read how it will be used, and whether they share your information or sell it (an email address for instance) to others. Only offer up your personal information if you feel comfortable with how your information is treated under the policy.

HealthyFeetStore.com does not sell your information to others and has never had a breach in security or leak of customer’s personal information or credit card data. See HealthyFeetStore.com Privacy Policy here.

2. Look for privacy badges:
McAfee Security BadgeBBB BadgeTRUSTe badge

Most online merchants place badges on their website to show that you’re protected- this is important! Look for seals from privacy enforcement organizations like McAfee, TRUSTe, or BBBOnLine.  This  ensures that your personal information and credit card data are encrypted and travel safely.

You’ll notice the McAfee Secure badge on the top of the HealthyFeetStore.com homepage, a security system that tests our system daily to protect customers from personal information access, identity theft, viruses, spyware, and other online threats. We encrypt all personal information and deliver it safely. As soon as you click the ‘Submit Secure Order’ button at the bottom of the order form, you’re protected. This badge can only appear once the website has passed McAfee’s intensive, daily security scan.

HealthyFeetStore.com has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and has been a BBB Accredited Business Since May 31,  2007.  HealthyFeetStore.com is a Yahoo Store, which means we have secure features like a Secure Socket Layer, Security Key, Secure Storage, and more.

3. Increase your security by paying with a credit card or PayPal:PayPal Logo

Pay with a credit card using a safeguarded password and encrypted code to ensure that your personal information and credit card data is transmitted securely. Remember, do not share your password with others. In a few months, HealthyFeetStore.com will allow customers to safely save their credit card information as a registered user at checkout. This information will be encrypted for security and will provide a faster, easier checkout for customers. We also offer customers the choice of paying through PayPal. Learn how PayPal works and about PayPal Secuirty and Protection. PayPal is a great payment option for customers who might want to return or exchange shoes, as refunds via PayPal will show up quicker than refunds on a credit card.

4. Know who to contact:

Note the expected delivery date, shipping and handling fees, warranties, return policies, and other important information on the website. Find a customer service email or phone number to contact if you have a question or encounter a problem. Most websites note this information at the bottom of the page under customer care, contact us, or order status. If the website does NOT have a customer service phone number to contact for questions before you make the purchase, this could be a red flag.

5. Keep a record:

Print out a copy of your receipt and save emails of your purchase. As a Yahoo! Store, HealthyFeetStore.com sends an automatic email confirmation after every purchase. Yahoo! also sends the customer a URL for online order tracking.

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About Author 

Jenna Goldberg attended University of Hawai’i at Manoa and graduated from California State University Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and English concentration. When she is not working in the office as HealthyFeetStore.com's Web Content Writer and Digital Marketing Specialist you can find Jenna surfing or snowboarding. She also contributes to S4Mag.com, The Inertia and SALTED Magazine and other surf and snowboard publications. You can find her on Google +.

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