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Long Realty is pleased to bring you Household Maintenance Tips courtesy of our local Long Advantage business partners. The articles below covers an array of helpful and insightful tips for the Arizona lifestyle. We hope you find this information useful.

Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

December 3, 2012

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s also one of the most vulnerable times of the year, when it comes to shopping. Online shopping is a popular time-saving resource for holiday shoppers. However, there are thieves in cyberspace who will take advantage of unwitting online shoppers who are not careful.

To help prevent the Scrooges from dampening your holiday spirit, here are some tips to keep your online holiday shopping safe:

  • Make sure your computer has the most up-to-date anti-virus and firewall software up and running and that you have downloaded the latest security updates. Verify that your browser supports the highest encryption level which ensures that sensitive data transferred via the internet while shopping online cannot be used by unauthorized people.
  • Consider shopping only at sites that offer strong encryption standards and have seals indicating that these sites were reviewed and meet certain security and privacy standards as set by VeriSign and Web Trust etc. Secure websites can be identified by the unbroken key or padlock at the bottom of the browser.
  • Don't assume that public WiFi "hot spots" are secure. Unless you can verify that a hot spot has effective security measures in place, you may not want to send sensitive information like your credit card number over that network.
  • Pay by credit or charge card. They offer the best consumer protections. Under federal law, you have the right to dispute charges under certain circumstances and withhold payment temporarily while the creditor is investigating. And if your card is used without your authorization, your liability generally ends at the first $50.
  • Only shop with known and reputable firms.
  • Don't email your financial information. Email isn't a secure way to transmit numbers—your credit card, your checking account, or your Social Security number.
  • Only provide the necessary information for the purchase. There should never be a need to provide your birth date, social security number, mother’s maiden name, marital status, etc. This type of information can be used by criminals to steal your identity.
  • Be sure to keep the merchant’s phone numbers, addresses and receipt should something go wrong.
  • Schedule deliveries when someone will be available to receive the package.
  • Monitor your financial accounts. Read your statements regularly, making sure they reflect the charges you authorized.

We hope that these tips will help you achieve a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

Cox Community Partners Article provided courtesy of Cox Communications. Cox provides free Cox Security Suite Plus Powered By McAfee®. with all internet services. Call Cox to further discuss the best level of internet service that will help you shop securely as well as cable, phone or home security services. Visit their website at: or call 520.822.8714 for more information.

More Home Maintenance Tips

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Don’t Let Your A/C Break the Bank
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Caring for Your Arizona Landscape in Winter
Creating a Home Office
How the American Home Has Evolved
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Prepare Your Pool for Summer Fun
Time to Change Those Air Filters!
How to Keep Your Plants Cozy this Winter
Considering the Tucson Valley's Many Climate Zones
Taking Care of Ceramic Tile
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Security/Protection Systems for Homeowners
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Sprucing Up Your Landscape for Fall
Benefits of Induction Cooking
Itching for Summer Vacation?
Maintaining Your Carpets
Getting Your Pool Ready for Summer
Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Home
Home Weatherizing Tips
Caring For Your Carpets
Three Easy Washer Maintenance Tips
Keep Cool for Less
Give the heart of your home a fresh new look in just 2-3 days!
Getting Your Pool Ready for Summer
Spring Cleaning Tips
Keep your drains running smoothly and smelling great!
What To Look For In A Moving Company
Caring for your Arizona landscape in Winter
Managing Winter Pests
Don't Forget About Your Pool This Winter
Choosing Home Accessories
It's Hot Out There
Ants Everywhere
Prepare Your Home for Monsoon Season Now
Tips for a Great Staycation
Dont Let Your A/C Break The Bank
How to Prevent Mold after Water Damage
Create a New Look in Your Home for Spring
Improving your Wireless Internet Experience
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Holiday Shopping Safety Tips
Preparing for Fall
Is Your Home Under Attack?
Becoming Green Clean Minded
Protect your recreational vehicles from extreme desert heat
Until there’s a cure… Cleaning for a Reason
Arizona Lightning and Lightning Safety
Monsoon Season and Your Home
Keep Cool This Summer with Air Conditioning Maintenance
Be on the Lookout for Bees As Temperatures Rise

The information contained in these articles are provided by local area businesses. We believe this information to be accurate and reliable, but it is not guaranteed.