How to Shop Online Safely
Online shopping is convenient, quick, easy, and—often—more affordable than shopping in person. Of course, such convenience comes with a price, and as with most things related to the internet, that price is privacy and information security. By ordering a pair of shoes or a gift online, you could unknowingly be making it possible for hackers or digital thieves to steal your credit card info or other personal data: This is why shopping online safely is key.
Consumers spent over $861 billion online with U.S. merchants in 2020—a testament to online shopping's popularity and staying power. Still, you could land yourself in hot water if you don't practice good digital hygiene. Hackers have grown bolder and more creative than ever in a bid to trick personal information from you. Don't be a victim—read our best tips on staying safe while you shop online.