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On The Money: Protect your financial data while shopping online

By Chuck Myers, McClatchy-Tribune News Service –

Internet security should be a top concern for anyone who shops online, particularly during the holiday season.

A simple mistake or assumption about a retail goods site’s security can increase the possibility of having a credit card number stolen — or even your identity.

Several websites offer solid information about online shopping security. Here are some locales worth a visit:

— Discusses credit card protections, fraud shield and security issues.

—Better Business Bureau: Offers 10 online shopping safety tips for the holiday season.

—Federal Trade Commission: Provides consumer’s guide and tips to using e-payments for online shopping.

—OnGuardOnline: Presents basic, yet key safety tips for online shopping.

—Visa: Covers reducing your risk when online shopping and watching for spyware.

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