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- What if you order online, and when you receive the clothes, the clothes are of low quality, but the reviews are good? Does that mean that the website is not reliable? Or the reviews were just fake (This has happened to me before :(....)(16 votes)
- This might be because of problems in shipping, or because its just that you dont like the material. normally, you can return the item. but if you cant and you can obviously tell the material is low quality, then it might just be a scummy website with fake reviews.(12 votes)
- how do you know when you are online ordering that your stuff wont come and they just take your money?(3 votes)
- don't share anything on line at all(6 votes)
- How can you detect a unreliable website?(6 votes)
- This can be a tough thing to do, but some of the most common telltale signs of an unreliable website are lots of popup ads, lots of spelling and grammar mistakes, and a lack of company information (founders, location, history, legal policies, terms of service, etc.)
Another thing to watch out for is HTTPS connections. If a site does not use an HTTPS connection, you should not provide any PII or payment information to it, because this information could be intercepted and stolen by other people.
Additionally, you should make sure that the URL is what you expect it to be. This is discussed more in the lesson on phishing.(2 votes)
- How would you obtain a virtual credit card?(1 vote)
- There are businesses that offer virtual credit cards online. You can apply for one as you would any credit card. You would need to show a source of income, a mailing address, and contact information just as if you applied with a bank. If you contact your banking institution they may offer a virtual credit card.(2 votes)
- So Kelly, you know we all shop online, but there's some sites that you know and you use a lot and they usually already have your credit card stored and I use those. But every now and then I buy things from sites that I might not be as familiar with. And it's a little bit scary 'cause as we all know we don't want random people running around with our credit card information or more. How do you think about that? What safeguards or what should we be thinking in the back of our minds when we're shopping? - Yeah, I agree. It's challenging because you know, ideally you'd start with somewhere you trust but that isn't always an option. I think that, first off, think about something like HPS that will tell you not that they're necessarily a safe shopping site, but at least that any information you share is going to them. I'm basically saying that the site, like traffic between you and the site, is encrypted so that you know that the site is the only people getting it. Another thing to think about is, you know do you have to share your credit card information? So a lot of banks now are doing what we call virtual credit card numbers. So those are basically a throwaway one time number that they'll give you where if it ever gets lost or charges against it that you don't want it's not your normal credit card number, so you can kind of get rid of it and the damage is limited to that fake one. Virtual one. So browsers like Chrome and also Android have built in features to actually take advantage of this and make it easy for you to input your virtual number instead of your regular credit card number. - This is helpful. I thought I was actually pretty savvy. I didn't know about these virtual credit card numbers. I have to figure out how get some of these. Super helpful. Thanks so much Kelly. Sure.