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Jewelry Buyer's Guide

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INTERNET SHOPPING TIPS

  • We are now moving to living in the digital age. Things that were unimaginable just a few years ago, are now a norm. E-mail, online banking, ticket vending machines, online shopping, payment by smart phones etc. are now part of our lives. Internet security is becoming a hot topic and it will continue to improve as we go forward into this digital age. Some useful tips can help you guard against a few common and avoidable mistakes.

MAKE SURE YOU BUY FROM ONLINE STORES WITH SSL ENCRYPTION

  • You can tell when the web site you are viewing is using an encrypted connection. If the connection is encrypted, the lock icon in the lower-right corner of the Browser/Navigator window is locked. If the connection is not encrypted, the lock icon is unlocked. Trusted by organizations throughout the world, SecureTrust 256-bit SSL certificates provide the highest level of security and quality available in industry.

NEVER GIVE OUT YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, ESPECIALLY IN SHOPPING

  • Providing your Social Security number is not a requirement for placing an order at an e-commerce web site. No such business needs your security number online when you are shopping. Read the Web Site's Privacy and Security Policies.

READ THE PRIVACY PROMISE

  • Data is fast becoming the new currency of the digital age. Your name, address, shopping history, shopping habits are becoming a commodity and they are priced like the Chinese menu in the illegal data market where unscrupulous people are willing to pay for it. Unfortunately some businesses are willing to sell it.

DO NOT OPEN SUSPECIOUS E-MAIL

  • Don't click on any link embedded within a potentially suspicious email. Just delete these messages unless you know fo sure that it is from the known parties that you trust. Do not open attachments like ZIP files, spreadsheets, images etc. Just delete it and mark as spam immediately.

CONSIDER USING A SINGLE CREDIT CARD WHILE SHOPPING

  • Consumers using some brands of credit cards can get “virtual credit cards," or single-use card numbers, that can be used at an online store. The randomly generated substitute 16-digit number can also be used to buy goods and services over the phone and through the mail but can’t be used for in-store purchases that require a traditional plastic card. With this free service, you never need to give out your real credit card number online. Among the card companies offering it are Citibank and the Discover card.




 

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