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Online shopping is a popular trend of buying products or services through the internet. The wide range of choices available online make it very attractive and convenient to shop from the comfort of your home. Are there any risks that people should be aware of? There are quite a lot of risks when shopping online, [...]

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Online shopping is a popular trend of buying products or services through the internet. The wide range of choices available online make it very attractive and convenient to shop from the comfort of your home.

Are there any risks that people should be aware of?

There are quite a lot of risks when shopping online, but I’d like to highlight the top 3 risks that everyone should be aware of.

  • Online scam is a way for people to cheat other people without having to obtain users’ personal info Instead, victims willingly give their personal information to scammers.
  • Phishing is another way of getting sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card
  • Identity theft is the act of impersonating someone else by using their personal information

How can you use online shopping safely?

Before you start online shopping:

  • Protect your personal information. When making a purchase online, be alert to the kind of information being collected to complete the transaction. Make sure you think it is necessary for the vendor to request that information. Remember, you only need to fill out required fields on a checkout form. Before providing your personal or financial information, check the website’s privacy policy. Make sure you understand how your information will be stored and used.
  • Keep a paper trail. Print and save records of your online transactions, including the product description, price, online receipt, terms of the sale, and copies of any email exchange with the seller. Check your credit card statements as soon as you get them, to make sure there aren’t any unauthorized charges. If there is a discrepancy, call your bank and report it.
  • Use familiar websites. Buy from well-known, trusted retailers. Go directly to the website of your choice, and do not click any links you get from emails or SMS, even if you are familiar with the website. Some attackers may create a fake website that looks very similar to the real website, so be careful not to fall into this kind of trap.
  • Know the vendor. Make sure the website or vendor is legitimate. One way to do this is to read reviews or testimonials by other users. For example, eBay allows customers to rate their vendors, so make sure to buy from a seller with high ratings.
  • Make sure the site is secure. Before you enter any personal details or payment information, look for signs that the site is secure. Make sure the payment page address begins with “https” and there is a locked padlock symbol on the browser. The ‘s’ stands for secure, and ensures the transaction is encrypted.
  • Never use unsecured wireless networks to make an online This includes Wi-Fi hotspots in public places such as cafes and hotels.
  • Use safe payment options such as PayPal or credit cards. Never send your bank or credit card details via email, as it’s not a secure method of transmitting financial information. Check your credit card statement frequently to make sure there aren’t any unauthorized charges. When making a payment to an individual seller, never transfer the money directly into their bank account. Instead, use a secure payment site such as PayPal.

This article is part of a series for a campaign run by Brunei Computer Emergency Response Team (BruCERT) which is a team under ITPSS. For more info, do check out their website.

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Online shopping is a popular trend of buying products or services through the internet. The wide range of choices available online make it very attractive and convenient to shop from the comfort of your home.

Are there any risks that people should be aware of?

There are quite a lot of risks when shopping online, but I’d like to highlight the top 3 risks that everyone should be aware of.

  • Online scam is a way for people to cheat other people without having to obtain users’ personal info Instead, victims willingly give their personal information to scammers.
  • Phishing is another way of getting sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card
  • Identity theft is the act of impersonating someone else by using their personal information

How can you use online shopping safely?

Before you start online shopping:

  • Protect your personal information. When making a purchase online, be alert to the kind of information being collected to complete the transaction. Make sure you think it is necessary for the vendor to request that information. Remember, you only need to fill out required fields on a checkout form. Before providing your personal or financial information, check the website’s privacy policy. Make sure you understand how your information will be stored and used.
  • Keep a paper trail. Print and save records of your online transactions, including the product description, price, online receipt, terms of the sale, and copies of any email exchange with the seller. Check your credit card statements as soon as you get them, to make sure there aren’t any unauthorized charges. If there is a discrepancy, call your bank and report it.
  • Use familiar websites. Buy from well-known, trusted retailers. Go directly to the website of your choice, and do not click any links you get from emails or SMS, even if you are familiar with the website. Some attackers may create a fake website that looks very similar to the real website, so be careful not to fall into this kind of trap.
  • Know the vendor. Make sure the website or vendor is legitimate. One way to do this is to read reviews or testimonials by other users. For example, eBay allows customers to rate their vendors, so make sure to buy from a seller with high ratings.
  • Make sure the site is secure. Before you enter any personal details or payment information, look for signs that the site is secure. Make sure the payment page address begins with “https” and there is a locked padlock symbol on the browser. The ‘s’ stands for secure, and ensures the transaction is encrypted.
  • Never use unsecured wireless networks to make an online This includes Wi-Fi hotspots in public places such as cafes and hotels.
  • Use safe payment options such as PayPal or credit cards. Never send your bank or credit card details via email, as it’s not a secure method of transmitting financial information. Check your credit card statement frequently to make sure there aren’t any unauthorized charges. When making a payment to an individual seller, never transfer the money directly into their bank account. Instead, use a secure payment site such as PayPal.

This article is part of a series for a campaign run by Brunei Computer Emergency Response Team (BruCERT) which is a team under ITPSS. For more info, do check out their website.

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See on Scoop.it – Aspiring Outliers It takes guts to innovate radically in leadership and organization, for legacy systems, cultures, and attitudes are powerful forces of inertia. Fortunately, the inherent quality of social media is a powerful transformational force. Social-media engagement will confront leaders with the shortcomings of traditional organizational designs. Leaders who address these [...]

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It takes guts to innovate radically in leadership and organization, for legacy systems, cultures, and attitudes are powerful forces of inertia. Fortunately, the inherent quality of social media is a powerful transformational force. Social-media engagement will confront leaders with the shortcomings of traditional organizational designs. Leaders who address these shortcomings will learn how to develop the enabling infrastructure that fosters the truly strategic use of social technologies. When organizations and their leaders embrace the call to social-media literacy, they will initiate a positive loop allowing them to capitalize on the opportunities and disruptions that come with the new connectivity of a networked society. And they will be rewarded with a new type of competitive advantage.

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It takes guts to innovate radically in leadership and organization, for legacy systems, cultures, and attitudes are powerful forces of inertia. Fortunately, the inherent quality of social media is a powerful transformational force. Social-media engagement will confront leaders with the shortcomings of traditional organizational designs. Leaders who address these shortcomings will learn how to develop the enabling infrastructure that fosters the truly strategic use of social technologies. When organizations and their leaders embrace the call to social-media literacy, they will initiate a positive loop allowing them to capitalize on the opportunities and disruptions that come with the new connectivity of a networked society. And they will be rewarded with a new type of competitive advantage.

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See on Scoop.it – Aspiring Outliers Vehr Communications recently released their 2013 Social Media Usage Survey; learn more about the 5 key social media takeaways in this infographic.   See on www.vehrcommunications.com

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Vehr Communications recently released their 2013 Social Media Usage Survey; learn more about the 5 key social media takeaways in this infographic.

 

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Vehr Communications recently released their 2013 Social Media Usage Survey; learn more about the 5 key social media takeaways in this infographic.

 

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See on Scoop.it – Aspiring Outliers With some PR disasters happening in social media, most companies are quite hesitant to jump in at all. However, the above infographic shows some good examples on how social media can be used during crisis or calamities. See on www.scoop.it

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With some PR disasters happening in social media, most companies are quite hesitant to jump in at all. However, the above infographic shows some good examples on how social media can be used during crisis or calamities.

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With some PR disasters happening in social media, most companies are quite hesitant to jump in at all. However, the above infographic shows some good examples on how social media can be used during crisis or calamities.

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See on Scoop.it – Aspiring Outliers Social Media is not just a method only being utilized by big brands anymore. Small businesses are starting to embrace and implement social techniques on a grander scale. A 2012 SMB Group Study found that 20% of small businesses use social in an ad hoc, informal way- to generate [...]

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Social Media is not just a method only being utilized by big brands anymore. Small businesses are starting to embrace and implement social techniques on a grander scale.

A 2012 SMB Group Study found that 20% of small businesses use social in an ad hoc, informal way- to generate leads and drive traffic to websites. The study also revealed that 24% of small businesses are using social in strategic and structured way, including data analysis of market trends and customer driven product ideas.

The businesses practicing strategic social media enjoyed a higher level of integration amongst their departments. The largest disparity between the two groups was uncovered in Customer Service. Only 8% of the companies with an informal social media environment had integrated into Customer Service, while an impressive 43% of the strategic social group integrated Customer Service.

That’s quite a difference and food for though if your small business just kicking the tire with little or no social presence.

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Social Media is not just a method only being utilized by big brands anymore. Small businesses are starting to embrace and implement social techniques on a grander scale.

A 2012 SMB Group Study found that 20% of small businesses use social in an ad hoc, informal way- to generate leads and drive traffic to websites. The study also revealed that 24% of small businesses are using social in strategic and structured way, including data analysis of market trends and customer driven product ideas.

The businesses practicing strategic social media enjoyed a higher level of integration amongst their departments. The largest disparity between the two groups was uncovered in Customer Service. Only 8% of the companies with an informal social media environment had integrated into Customer Service, while an impressive 43% of the strategic social group integrated Customer Service.

That’s quite a difference and food for though if your small business just kicking the tire with little or no social presence.

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See on Scoop.it – Aspiring Outliers It is hard to believe that in a digital world where people are so connected, it still seems to be completely difficult for businesses to use that to their advantage to more efficiently maximize their ROI. Companies continue to spend on banner ads instead of on the people who [...]

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It is hard to believe that in a digital world where people are so connected, it still seems to be completely difficult for businesses to use that to their advantage to more efficiently maximize their ROI. Companies continue to spend on banner ads instead of on the people who can really make a difference in the way people purchase.

This infographic should help researchers and advertisers see what great potential there is in the power of social media and general online influence. Bloggers, tweeters, and Facebook champions really can be wise investments; read more at the article link.

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It is hard to believe that in a digital world where people are so connected, it still seems to be completely difficult for businesses to use that to their advantage to more efficiently maximize their ROI. Companies continue to spend on banner ads instead of on the people who can really make a difference in the way people purchase.

This infographic should help researchers and advertisers see what great potential there is in the power of social media and general online influence. Bloggers, tweeters, and Facebook champions really can be wise investments; read more at the article link.

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See on Scoop.it – Aspiring Outliers If your impression of social media is limited to your friends posting cat videos and teenagers glued to their iPhones – think again. Social media possesses incredible influential power, and since the advent of the Internet it’s evolved from a simple way for people to keep in touch into [...]

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If your impression of social media is limited to your friends posting cat videos and teenagers glued to their iPhones – think again.

Social media possesses incredible influential power, and since the advent of the Internet it’s evolved from a simple way for people to keep in touch into a massive global network connecting organizations, communities and people.Social media is the easiest, fastest and most explosive way to transmit and receive information! And best of all – absolutely anyone can take advantage of it.

Check out the infographic to learn how to embrace the ubiquity of social media and use its power to better yourself, your business, or cause, and find a host of statistics and facts that may surprise you about the influence of social media…

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If your impression of social media is limited to your friends posting cat videos and teenagers glued to their iPhones – think again.

Social media possesses incredible influential power, and since the advent of the Internet it’s evolved from a simple way for people to keep in touch into a massive global network connecting organizations, communities and people.Social media is the easiest, fastest and most explosive way to transmit and receive information! And best of all – absolutely anyone can take advantage of it.

Check out the infographic to learn how to embrace the ubiquity of social media and use its power to better yourself, your business, or cause, and find a host of statistics and facts that may surprise you about the influence of social media…

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See on Scoop.it – Aspiring Outliers Often, the best way to reach a huge goal is to break it down into small, less intimidating goals. To help small businesses tackle the daunting task of developing a social media presence (without feeling overwhelmed), Intuit has created a “Path to Social Success in 2013” infographic. The 12-month plan divides the goal of achieving social [...]

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Often, the best way to reach a huge goal is to break it down into small, less intimidating goals.

To help small businesses tackle the daunting task of developing a social media presence (without feeling overwhelmed), Intuit has created a “Path to Social Success in 2013” infographic.

The 12-month plan divides the goal of achieving social success into quarters, each focusing on a specific goal:

First quarter: Take social media inventory.Second quarter: Work on relationships.Third quarter: Integrate everything.Fourth quarter: Look backward, then forward.

For each quarter, Intuit then lists big ideas for each month to reach that goal.

For example, the first quarter is about taking social media inventory, so January is dedicated to assessing your social fitness; February, to revisiting your social goals; and March, to establishing ways to measure success, such as number of followers and fans, traffic to website, social mentions across platforms, share of social conversations, and social influence.

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Often, the best way to reach a huge goal is to break it down into small, less intimidating goals.

To help small businesses tackle the daunting task of developing a social media presence (without feeling overwhelmed), Intuit has created a “Path to Social Success in 2013” infographic.

The 12-month plan divides the goal of achieving social success into quarters, each focusing on a specific goal:

First quarter: Take social media inventory.Second quarter: Work on relationships.Third quarter: Integrate everything.Fourth quarter: Look backward, then forward.

For each quarter, Intuit then lists big ideas for each month to reach that goal.

For example, the first quarter is about taking social media inventory, so January is dedicated to assessing your social fitness; February, to revisiting your social goals; and March, to establishing ways to measure success, such as number of followers and fans, traffic to website, social mentions across platforms, share of social conversations, and social influence.

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See on Scoop.it – Aspiring Outliers Content is evolving and marketers need to expand their content marketing strategy to include visual elements into their overall mix. The problem is that customers have less time due to the current state of information overflow. In addition, the fast paced world of social media has forced us to [...]

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Content is evolving and marketers need to expand their content marketing strategy to include visual elements into their overall mix.

The problem is that customers have less time due to the current state of information overflow. In addition, the fast paced world of social media has forced us to learn to digest information faster and sometimes even at a glance. This visual consumption of data lets us know the big message and allows us to decide whether or not we need to keep reading.

The future of marketing is found in photos, videos, infographics and other engaging content that captivates a viewer. For more, check out this infographic and learn how you too can build your marketing campaign with visual content…

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Content is evolving and marketers need to expand their content marketing strategy to include visual elements into their overall mix.

The problem is that customers have less time due to the current state of information overflow. In addition, the fast paced world of social media has forced us to learn to digest information faster and sometimes even at a glance. This visual consumption of data lets us know the big message and allows us to decide whether or not we need to keep reading.

The future of marketing is found in photos, videos, infographics and other engaging content that captivates a viewer. For more, check out this infographic and learn how you too can build your marketing campaign with visual content…

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