In an article from USA Today, an internet security firm is warning that a botched keystroke while typing an online address can give computer criminals a chance to hijack your system.
As many as 2,000 so-called typosquatters, which use sites that look identical to legitimate ones to capture personal information, launch malicious computer attacks and initiate online scams.
Be careful when shopping online and follow these tips:
- Do your research. Shoppers should always review an online retailer on bbb.org to check on the seller’s reputation and record for customer satisfaction
- Check that the Internet connections are secure. There are various icons and software programs that indicate that security software is in place, such as “https” instead of “http”, a padlock icon will show at the bottom of the screen, SSL encryption
- Confirm contact information is valid. Look on the site for a street address and phone number. Be wary if the seller’s only contact information is a post office box.
- Pay with a credit card. It is best to use a credit card when shopping online, because under federal law the shopper can dispute the charges if he or she doesn’t receive the item.
- Review return, refund, and shipping and handling policies. If you can’t find them, ask the seller through an e-mail or telephone call to indicate where they are on the site or to provide them to you in writing.
- Keep Documentation of Your Order: After completing the online order process, a shopper will be provided with a confirmation receipt. BBB recommends printing a copy of the confirmation and any indication of the expected delivery timeframe for future reference