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Online shoppers can be at risk for identity theft, unless they know how to shop online safely. Follow these tips to protect your identity when shopping:
- Never give out personal information in a pop-up window, which may not be related to the website you are visiting.
- Don't make online credit card charges unless they are handled through a secure site or in an encrypted mode. You'll know it's secure if the page you are on has a URL beginning with https instead of http.
- Make sure your computer's security software is up-to-date before shopping online.
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