August 20, 2014 in Staying Active & Healthy
As the fall activities get going with school, festivals and sporting events, you are probably online constantly shopping, booking weekend getaways, and finding resources for work. However, what you might take for granted is the safety of being online. With our aging parents, our kids, and even ourselves, you forget that being online is convenient, but you still need to be safe.
When you are shopping online,you should think about the following 5 safety points.
- Research the Seller. When you are looking online to shop, check out the vendor because you need to know that the seller is reputable. Sometimes just reading the reviews on the seller is not enough. You need to look at the BBB and other resources that rate online companies and their reputation.
- Use a Safe Payment Option. Typically your credit card is the safest option. You can get credit for the item purchased if it is not received, and you generally have a limit that can be spent on the card (unlike a debit card) if your information is stolen. Never send cash and always study the return policy, so you don’t get slammed with unusual fees.
- Keep a Paper Trail of Everything. Keep the order form, receipt, and any online exchanges with the seller to cover your trail. Immediately check your credit card statement with the receipt to make sure there is no discrepancy, and if there is, report it to your bank immediately.
- Turn off the computer. When you are done shopping turn everything off so you don’t give scammers 24/7 access to your information. If they have access, they can hack into your system and steal your identity or your money.
It is important to keep yourself and your family safe when interacting on social networks. You are on social media daily, and you need to protect your privacy and be careful what you share.
Here are 4 tips to keep you safe on the social media highway.
- Use Privacy settings. Privacy settings are there for a reason, and you should use them to make sure you and your personal information is safe from scammers or stalkers.
- Manage Your Online Reputation. Once you post something it is there forever. If there is something you don’t want anyone to know, don’t put it in writing and especially all over the internet. Recruiters look at social media and see who you are, so protect your reputation! Show you are smart, resourceful, and respectful.
- Know and Manage Connections. If you are building a business reputation, then create a fan page and keep only the friends you know and trust with access to your personal page. It is time to separate what is work and what is personal.
- Know when to contact someone. If you feel threatened and harassed online remove the person from your friend list and report them to the administrator. Sometimes there are people who just want to take advantage of you and if you let them, they will. So contact someone as soon as you are uncomfortable with the situation.
Recently a customer stopped in for pain products for their senior athlete and also their aging parent. They were very concerned with how to protect their parent and child against the negativity that can happen online. We discussed how the internet is a wonderful thing and makes our life so much easier, but it can be an evil tool for people taking advantage of you. I thought it was time to discuss how to be safe when navigating the internet highway.
Stop in New Visions in Coldwater and see what we have to offer your aging parents or athletes in school to manage their pain. We also have $150.00 scooters in stock for the month of August. Stop in and see us!