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How To Shop Online Like A Pro

Online shopping is often easier and more convenient than heading to the mall. Although there are thousands of different websites that offer online shopping, you need to make sure that you’re doing everything you can to keep your personal information private. Follow these tips and tricks to stay protected when you’re online shopping with your HughesNet satellite Internet service. You might even save a little money, too!

Only buy from secure websites

If you’re buying something online, chances are you’re paying for it with a debit or credit card. Just like any other time you use your cards, you should do everything you can to keep your information secure. Search for a padlock or key next to the site’s web address. This symbol indicates that the website is secure with an encrypted connection.

If you don’t trust the site, but still want to make a purchase, see if they accept services like PayPal, a secure website that acts as a purchase “middle man.” With PayPal, you can buy items from other sites without giving out your credit card information.

Look for reviews

You can find out a lot about a company’s online store by looking at reviews. A simple search of “(store name) online shopping reviews” should lead you to reviews left by other shoppers. Sometimes you’ll find reviews right on the page with the item you’re interested in purchasing. If you’re buying shoes or clothing, reviews can be a good place to find information about size and fit.

Become familiar with online policies

Some stores have policies online that differ from their brick-and-mortar locations. Be careful with stores that do not accept returns or refunds unless you are 100% sure that you want that particular item. Make sure you know about shipping and handling policies, as well as how many days you can have an item for a return to be valid.

Find coupon codes

Coupon and promo codes are a great way to save money when shopping online. Websites such as RetailMeNot have many different codes that you can use to save on purchases with online retailers.

Sign up for newsletters

Sign up for online newsletters and emails from your favorite stores. Several times a year, you’ll be notified of big sales happening online and offline. It’s not uncommon for stores to send money-saving promotional codes or information on secret deals right to your inbox.

Keep it convenient

Unless you’re comfortable scouring the Internet for sales and discounts, make online shopping easy on yourself. Web superstores like Amazon.com┬ácan be one-stop shops for household items, books, music, clothing, electronics, and more. Buying all of your items from the same website reduces the number of times you’re placing your private information on the Internet.

Pay attention to your shipping options and receive your items in a timeframe that suits you. Create accounts on websites that you shop from frequently. This way, you can easily track orders and make payments.

With these tips, you’ll be shopping online like a pro in no time! Enjoy your shopping experience with your high-speed HughesNet Internet service and stay safe.