Tips from the Better Business Bureau for online shopping - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Tips from the Better Business Bureau for online shopping

Posted: Updated:

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Early numbers suggest that on line shopping is up by 20 percent compared with last year, and one-third of those transactions are being done on a tablet or smart phone.

But before shoppers type in their personal information, there are some precautions they should take.

Melissa Ames with the Better Business Bureau says there are basic safeguards that can help protect your financial information from thieves.

Ames says make sure your antivirus software is up to date that your spyware is up to date, and your computer's firewall is on before you begin to shop.

In addition, the BBB warns that if you are not using a secure wi-fi network on a tablet or laptop it's easier for someone to upload a virus to your computer so thieves can know you every keystroke and steal your credit card or financial information.

Ames says that means people should not shop when using unsecured wi-fi networks at restaurants and other public places. She says the BBB recommends if you are using a tablet or laptop to shop, use a secure network that you actually have to enter a password to gain access to.

The BBB says before you type in your information also look at the address bar at the top. It should say https. The "s" means it's a secure network. They also suggest you check in the bottom right hand corner for a lock symbol that shows the transaction is secure.

The BBB also recommends looking at the privacy policy since you are giving a company your personal information. The agency also suggests you read the return policy.

To help keep your holidays merry, using a credit card over a debit card has advantages in case products you order are never received; you can have your card carrier dispute the charge.

The BBB also suggests shoppers print a copy of the order, or take a snap shot of the screen, so if they need a tracking number or information they will have it.

Computer experts say if you are going to place an order by using a smart phone, you should disable wi-fi to add a layer of protection so you are using your phone provider's lines which are more secure.

  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • $2M offered to Ohio farmers to help reduce algae

    $2M offered to Ohio farmers to help reduce algae

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:07 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:07:19 GMT
    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The federal government is offering $2 million to Ohio farmers to help prevent farm runoff that contributes to potentially harmful algae blooms. Farmers in 20 counties in the western Lake Erie watershed can apply for some of the funds to plant cover crops to reduce nutrient runoff and erosion. The federal money, provided by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, is aimed at reducing future algae blooms. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and Toledo Rep. Marcy Kaptur announced th...More >>
    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The federal government is offering $2 million to Ohio farmers to help prevent farm runoff that contributes to potentially harmful algae blooms. Farmers in 20 counties in the western Lake Erie watershed can apply for some of the funds to plant cover crops to reduce nutrient runoff and erosion. The federal money, provided by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, is aimed at reducing future algae blooms. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and Toledo Rep. Marcy Kaptur announced th...More >>
  • 5K-8K gallons of fuel oil spills into Ohio River

    5K-8K gallons of fuel oil spills into Ohio River

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:06 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:06:15 GMT
    CINCINNATI (AP) - An estimated 5,000 to 8,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River, closing about a 15-mile section of the waterway southeast of Cincinnati. A Coast Guard spokeswoman says that the section of river was closed to river traffic Tuesday to enable cleanup and response. A Duke Energy spokeswoman says the spill from a Duke power plant in New Richmond, about 20 miles southeast of Cincinnati, happened late Monday night. Duke Energy spokeswoman Sally Thelen says the spill oc...More >>
    CINCINNATI (AP) - An estimated 5,000 to 8,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River, closing about a 15-mile section of the waterway southeast of Cincinnati. A Coast Guard spokeswoman says that the section of river was closed to river traffic Tuesday to enable cleanup and response. A Duke Energy spokeswoman says the spill from a Duke power plant in New Richmond, about 20 miles southeast of Cincinnati, happened late Monday night. Duke Energy spokeswoman Sally Thelen says the spill oc...More >>
  • Couple stabbed at Ohio home; adult son charged

    Couple stabbed at Ohio home; adult son charged

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:03 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:03:06 GMT
    WESTLAKE, Ohio (AP) - A 22-year-old man suspected of stabbing his parents at their suburban Cleveland home has been charged with felonious assault. Westlake police said in a statement Tuesday that a 58-year-old man was flown to a Cleveland hospital with life-threatening injuries, and his 56-year-old wife was in stable condition. Police say authorities learned about the stabbings after a hang-up 911 call Monday night and a subsequent callback by a dispatcher. The couple's son was arrested wit...More >>
    WESTLAKE, Ohio (AP) - A 22-year-old man suspected of stabbing his parents at their suburban Cleveland home has been charged with felonious assault. Westlake police said in a statement Tuesday that a 58-year-old man was flown to a Cleveland hospital with life-threatening injuries, and his 56-year-old wife was in stable condition. Police say authorities learned about the stabbings after a hang-up 911 call Monday night and a subsequent callback by a dispatcher. The couple's son was arrested wit...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms