More and more Americans are turning to the Internet to do their holiday shopping. In fact, more than 52 million people (37 percent of American consumers) shopped online from work during last year’s holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation.

Still, it’s important to take some necessary precautions to protect your privacy.

That’s why FindLaw.com, the Internet’s leading online source for legal information, has some tips in a new press release about shopping online this holiday season:

Shop reputable online retailers. Shopping online with major retailers poses little risk. If you’re shopping with a lesser known retailer, look for reviews and ratings online about the retailer before shopping.

Secure site. When you place your order, make sure the site where you’re entering your credit card or PayPal information is secure. Always look for an “s” after “http” in the address bar.

Privacy policy. Most consumers ignore or overlook a vendor’s privacy policy. A privacy policy states what the vendor will do to safeguard your credit card and personal information. If you don’t see a privacy policy on the vendor’s website, or you don’t like what it says, shop elsewhere.

Coffee shops and airports. Many people like to head to their local coffee shop and peruse the Internet on the shop’s free Wi-Fi. What many may not realize is that using a free public Wi-Fi network makes it easy for others to access your information.

So as you gear up to shop this year, remember that FindLaw.com is the site to come to for useful, practical legal information. Our consumers and our attorney clients rely on FindLaw.com to provide the kind of legal background to current events and trends that others just don’t offer. Now don’t forget to shop securely and safely this year. Happy hunting!

— Michelle Croteau, Director, Marketing Communications
with Adam Ramirez, FindLaw Audience Team

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