Shopping online

Purchasing goods and services via the Internet is not only very convenient, but also makes it possible to find a better offer by choosing a foreign trader. However, as e-commerce grows, so can the number of problems resulting from misleading or fraudulent trading practices.

To avoid or minimize troubles, you may want to learn about your rights and methods of safe shopping online:

  • http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/index_en.htm
  • http://www.onguardonline.gov/topics/online-shopping.aspx - a partnership of the U.S. federal government and the technology community, provides practical and plain language tips to help computer users be on guard against Internet fraud, secure their computers and protect their personal information. The site uses a variety of formats - including articles, games, quizzes and viedos - to help impart important information about a number of topics, including wireless security, spyware, social networking, VolP, phishing, P2P security, online investing, malware, laptop security, internet auctions, identity theft, health online, email scams, cross border scams, cross border scams, computer disposal, and online shopping.

Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online is a recent addition to www.OnGuardOnline.gov. This guide gives practical tips on how parents, teachers and other trusted adults can help kids reduce the risks of inappropriate conduct, contact and content that comes with living life online - and engage in conduct they be proud of. The guide focuses on the need for communication rather than a knowledge of technology, and it takes on issues from cyberbullying to sexting, social networking to phishing and file sharing. It is available in both English and Spanish.