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Security Considerations for Online Shopping

Shopping online is convenient and offers great perks like delivery, price comparisons, wishlists and more. Getting the best deal online involves a lot more than just getting the right price. When using an online store you want to be sure the product you buy is the right product, gets to you on time, is of the quality that you expected and that you (and your information) are safe when buying the product.

Here are some things to look at when shopping online:

  1. Make sure you are using a safe computing environment. Your computer and/or mobile device should be set up to ensure no malicious software can be put on your device. This is done by having anti-virus software on your device that scans websites for viruses and unwanted software that can be injected onto your device and that can steal your personal and financial information.
  2. Make sure the network you are on is secure. Do not trust public networks and free Wi-Fi hotspots. If you do use them, make sure you have a firewall on your device that will block any intruders from accessing your device.
  3. Make sure that the site you want to buy from is secure. In the URL make sure it says “https://”, which shows you that the site is protected with a security layer that encrypts the information sent to and from the website.
  4. Don’t use an online store that requires information that is not necessary to facilitate a sale. If you need to provide additional information, like your ID number to buy a simple item, it can lead to a breach of your privacy. Also, check the privacy policy of the website to ensure that your personal information will be safe.
  5. If you need to create an account with a password, make sure it is unique.
  6. Know what is too good to be true. Make sure you see the difference between a scam and a good price for a product. If you see a great deal that seems too good to be true, investigate the terms and conditions, privacy policy and returns policy, to make sure the deal is legit.

By following these tips and guidelines, and doing a little homework ahead of time, you can expect a safer shopping experience. Rest assured all of the above features are built into the Pet Hero Online store to ensure your online shopping safety is equivalent to the protection provided by real life heroes.

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