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Credit card holders need security shopping online

Credit card holders need security shopping online

Category: Credit cards

Updated: 24/12/2008
First Published: 23/12/2008

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Consumers have been advised to take particular care when shopping online, in order to minimise the risk of fraud.

According to Get Safe Online, the internet can be a useful source of deals during the economic downturn.

However, those making purchases using credit cards have been urged to defend themselves by taking steps such as ensuring they have adequate anti-virus software and spyware protection.

"People can go online and find some fantastic bargains ... but when they do it they need to make sure they're secure," said managing director of the body Tom Neat.

UK Payments Association Apacs has suggested that shoppers register their credit cards in order to improve safety on the internet.

The advice came when it launched the Be Card Smart Online campaign earlier this year, following findings that 42 per cent of those who shop through the internet intend to use it more this Christmas than a year ago.

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