7 Tips for Safe Online Shopping

Today, buying online is the way to go. You have a great collection of things to buy. Plus, you can bargain. The shipping is fast and security is high. You can even return the products that are damaged. As a matter of fact, shopping is a lot easier today. However, those who are unfamiliar with how the online buying works may be an easy target for cyber criminals who steal money from people through phishing frauds and other tricks. Given below are a few tips to buy online safely. Read on.

1. Use Familiar Websites

If you have never purchased from an online store before, we suggest that you start at an online store that is trusted all over the world. For instance, you can buy at Amazon. This is one of the biggest online stores of the world where you can buy anything. Other good names include Home Depot, Best Buy and Target, just to name a few. Make sure type the correct URL of the site.

2. Look for the SSL Lock

It’s a good idea to stay away from a website that doesn’t have the SSL encryption. For instance, if the website URL begins with HTTPS instead of HTTP, you can buy from it safely. Moreover, the website URL will have a locked padlock in it. Another important thing is that you must never send your credit card information through email.

3. Don’t Give too much information

Reliable online stores never ask for a buyer’s birthday or social security number. If a scammer gets your credit card number and social security number, be ready to suffer a big loss. With this information, it will be a lot easier for them to steal your identity. If possible, make sure you give the least information when buying online.

4. Check Statements

Check your credit card statements on a regular basis. Make sure the statements don’t have any fraudulent charges. If you notice something unusual, make sure you call the bank immediately to get the matter resolved. If you are going to buy with a credit card, make sure the charges are accurate.

5. Scan Your PC

Make sure you have an anti-virus program installed on your computer. This is important if you want protection against malware. The anti-virus should be the most recent version.

6. Use Strong Passwords

Make sure your password is a non-dictionary word. It shouldn’t be an easy to guess term. It is even more important when you are going to buy online. If possible, use a combination of letters and numbers. You passwords should be over 8 letters.

7. Avoid Public Terminals

It’s not a good idea to use a public computer in order to buy something from an online store. But if you have to use a public terminal, make sure you sign out after each session. This is equally important even if you went online just to check your email inbox.

So, if you follow these 7 tips, you will be safe when …

Women, Don't Be A Victim – Get Help and Stay Safe With These Apps

Today, different mobile app development companies worldwide are working on various innovative and unique app ideas. Developers are devoting themselves to come up with easy-to-use user-centric apps having a creative concept. Thus, women safety apps are becoming popular in the market.

Sexual assault, domestic violence, rape etc. are some of the alarming issues that women face these days! To diminish the chances of happening such remorseful crimes, taking necessary measures on time as soon as you can sense any trouble is advisable. In today's tech-savvy era, plenty of mobile apps are available in the market that can help the women to get instant help in the case of an emergency or dangerous situation. Such women security apps can avert the risk along with providing necessary help in the time of need. Here is a list of a few competent apps that are extremely handy for women.

# 1 Hollaback
This app is very useful to avert any kind of street harassment. Women can take picture of the harasser and can share this "caught in the act" picture instantly along with the story on the ihollaback.org. This would definitely awake the sense among the public and the shared story and picture of the harasser would stop other perverts to get into similar kind of nuisance activities. Hollaback is available for both Android as well as iOS platform and the user can get this application for free of cost.

# 2 Circle of 6
To all the women out there using the iPhone, this is a must-have application for your security! Using this feature-rich app is extremely easy. There are three predetermined text messages among which one would reach to the total six emergency contacts of the users' preference when the user taps on the app twice. There is an automatic calling feature to one of the 6 contacts. Moreover, this automatic call would include the exact location of the victim. It would also include the home address of the victim. Other than these features, Circle of 6 has some pre-programmed emergency helpline numbers. The app is available for free but to get the fully functional application, the users need to subscribe to a yearly or a monthly service plan.

# 3 bSafe
Using bSafe, women can select a set of "Guardians", to whom SOS message would reach with just a simple push on a button. In the free version of bSafe, one of the guardians would get an automatic call as well. All the guardians would receive text messages along with the exact GPS location of the victim. Another interesting feature offered by the app is the victim can program a 'Fake Incoming Call' in the case of emergency. Obviously, the subscription version of this app comes with more facilities such as the 'Timer Mode' for automated alarm activation and the 'Risk Mode' with the facilities of GPS tracking in real-time. bSafe is available for Android, iPhone and Blackberry.

# 4 cab4me
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Women Being Safe in Online Chat Rooms

A lot of women come to me because they have problems in getting a new partner or with an existing partner. Those who are having problems in finding someone often turn to chat rooms and forums in the hope of finding someone there. Unfortunately a lot of them are quite naive and gullible and get fooled and drawn in by selfish guys who lie in order to try to get what they want.

Let us look at some of the facts. If a woman or someone pretending to be a female goes into a chat room there will be hundreds of guys asking her to chatter very quickly. If a guy goes there he will be lucky if he gets one offer and this would be from a gay man pretending to be female as women are not usually seeking chats and get so many asking them they do not need to look for people to ask.

Men can ring phone chat lines and pay for chats there so it stands to reason that they will try to get them for free online to save money, but there is nothing in this for the woman. There is also the fact that most men are looking to talk about sex or hoping to meet the woman and will steer the conversation around to her age, what she looks like, where she lives and sex if they can. When you are a female getting hundreds all asking you where you live and what you look like it is boring, predictable and a total waste of time. Women who really want to meet would go to a dating agency normally. It is safer and saves a lot of time.

Females tend to go online for a conversation while they are waiting for the pie to cook in the oven or the washing to finish it's cycle, it does not mean that they are unhappy at home with husband or sexually frustrated or wanting to cheat. But men are often looking for a conversation because they are bored at home and wanting to chat about sexual matters, to relieve themselves, and if possible it would be even better to meet up. To the guys it is a fishing expedition, where they cast their net out and see who bites. The females are the fishes and got less reason to bite. Hence some of the men will offer them money to meet and others will get very nasty and angry when they refuse to meet.

In their effort to get the sexual chat or meets from the females the men will often lie, pretending to be single because so few women will consider meeting a married guy or a guy in a relationship. Pretending to be better looking or younger. Pretending to be rich and have pots of money they want to spend on her. In some cases you can tell that the guy is mentally ill or wanting to feel superior to women rather …