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10 Top Hacks For Safe And Quality Online Shopping

10 Top Hacks For Safe And Quality Online Shopping

More and more people are staying away from stores and doing a lot of their shopping online. While this is an easy way to be able to shop in comfort, there are some risks involved. But, as long as you are taking all of the proper precautions, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about. Here are some security tips for shopping online that will help make your shopping experiences great ones.

1. Be Careful with WiFi

Be wary about shopping while you are using a strange WiFi network. You can window shop, but wait until you are on a secured network before placing any orders. Never enter private information or credit card numbers while on an unsecured network.

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2. Know the Vendors

While you may be tempted to go for a really great deal online from a vendor you are unfamiliar with, it is best to stick with the names you know. If something seems like it is too good to be true, chances are it is. Never give your credit card information out to companies you don’t know anything about.

3. Compare Prices

Before making any purchases, it is a good idea to do some online comparison shopping. Check different websites and apps for the same products, and see which have the best deals and lowest shipping costs. You can save money by using coupon codes created by services like PassbeeMedia .

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4. HTTPS

If a website URL starts with HTTP and not HTTPS, it is not a secured site. The “S” stands for secured. Also check for a lock icon in the address bar. This shows that you have a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) connection, and it is standard with most browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox, and Explorer.

5. Check your Statements

We can’t stress enough how important it is to stay on top of your credit card statements. Any time you see charges that you don’t remember making, contact the credit card company to report it.

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6. Passwords and Mobile Devices

Always turn the passcodes on phones and tablets. Many people don’t do this, but it only takes seconds to do, and it will help to protect your information from unscrupulous types. If your device is stolen, no one will be able to access your passwords or your personal information.

7. Online Scams

We all know that there are thousands of online scams out there. Many of these scams look like the real thing. For instance, many scammers “phish” for information, and send out emails pretending to be companies you know, asking for password updates. Always contact the actual company before doing anything requested in an email, just to be on the safe side. Now there is something else to watch out for, which is SMiShing. This is basically phishing through text messages.

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8. Do Plenty of Password Updates

Hackers are always finding ways to get information through websites, and they can end up hacking your sites, social media pages, and more. The more often you change your passwords, the less likely you are going to be hacked.

9. Credit, Not Debit

You have more security when you use a credit card instead of your debit card. Most credit card companies offer purchase protection, so you aren’t liable for purchases made if your card is stolen. This is not an option with a debit card, and thieves can clean out your bank account.

10. Save Copies of Your Online Orders

Whenever you buy anything online, save a copy of the order. That way, you will have proof of purchase in case there is a problem with your order. The confirmation page should have a receipt, and a confirmation number. Keep this information until you have received the items you ordered.

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Last Updated on June 25, 2019

5 Books You Must Read if You Want to Be a Millionaire in Your 20’s

5 Books You Must Read if You Want to Be a Millionaire in Your 20’s

Millionaires and billionaires read more than you think. In fact, the likes of Warren Buffet are said to read 1.000 pages a day. As the old saying goes “There’s no smoke without fire”; so, start off with these 5 incredible books!

1. The 48 Laws of Power

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    “If you are unsure of a course of action, do not attempt it. Your doubts and hesitations will infect your execution. Timidity is dangerous: Better to enter with boldness. Any mistakes you commit through audacity are easily corrected with more audacity. Everyone admires the bold; no one honors the timid.”

    On your journey to becoming a millionaire in your 20’s, there will be many people trying to manipulate you into doing what they want. This international bestseller by Robert Greene is the widely read by those in the entertainment industry because of its dog-eat-dog environment. This book is a must-read for anybody who wants to claim power and keep it. it’s a fun read that tells the story of some of the most powerful people in history.

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    An example of a law of power is: Always say less than necessary.

    • When trying to impress, the more you say the more common you look and less in control.
    • Be vague.
    • Powerful people impress and intimidate by saying less.

    2. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

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      “Often we don’t realize that our attitude toward something has been influenced by the number of times we have been exposed to it in the past.”

      This book explains the core strategies people use to influence others using real world examples. Robert Cialdini’s book goes over human quirks like the need to be consistent, and how you can use that in your marketing strategy to make more money. “People’s ability to understand the factors that affect their behaviour is surprisingly poor,” Cialdini says, “which leads to people making poor decisions without realising why.”

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      Cialdini includes real world examples of why people join cults, buy certain jewellery, or give to charity.

      3. Blue Ocean Strategy

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        “Value innovation is the cornerstone of blue ocean strategy. We call it value innovation because instead of focusing on beating the competition, you focus on making the competition irrelevant by creating a leap in value for buyers and your company, thereby opening up new and uncontested market space. Value innovation places equal emphasis on value.”

        This book argues that leading companies don’t succeed by battling competitors in “Red Oceans”, but by creating “Blue Oceans” where they have uncontested market space to grow. It goes over case studies like “Cirque Du Soleil” who created a blue ocean by creating a circus platform that didn’t include animals or more than one act on at once but instead, decided to focus on talented performers and music who created a mystical storyline.

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        4. The Fountainhead

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          “A man’s spirit is himself. That entity which is his consciousness. To think, to feel, to judge, to act are functions of the ego.”

          The Fountainhead takes place in the United States, mostly in New York City, during the 1920s and 1930s. Billionaire Mark Cuban named his yacht “Fountainhead” after this book. This classic novel is about the struggles of an innovative architect named Howard Roark and his effort to achieve success on his own terms. Many entrepreneurs are inspired by this book because it depicts how you should be uncompromising when it comes to your vision and your goals. If you follow this way of life, you develop the ability to change the world and creating something unique.

          5. The Compound Effect

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            “Do you know how the casinos make so much money in Vegas? Because they track every table, every winner, every hour. Why do Olympic trainers get paid top dollar? Because they track every workout, every calorie, and every micronutrient for their athletes. All winners are trackers.”

            This book is by Darren Hardy the CEO of Success Magazine, he goes over how it’s the small, seemingly insignificant choices that compound to create success or failure over time. No one has a plan to be broke and fat but that’s what happens when you don’t have a plan and go along the path of least resistance. Hardy argues that you cannot improve something until you measure it and to always take 100 percent responsibility for everything that happens to you.

            So, those are five books you must read if you want to give it a try to become a millionaire in your 20’s. What are the best books you have ever read? Leave a comment and share these life-changing books with your friends to help them become successful like you.

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