7 Steps to Worry-Free Online Shopping

Protect yourself -- and your credit card number -- with these tips for safe and secure Web shopping.

Shopping on the Internet while you're curled up at home in your jammies may seem comfortable and convenient. But it's not so appealing if you're worried about an online snooper peering at your keystrokes and stealing your credit-card number. Follow these guidelines and your holiday shopping experience will be safer and less stressful.

1. Always use your home computer. Steer clear of public computers in a hotel's business center, for example. They could have spyware that gives other users access to your financial information.

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Senior Reporter, Kiplinger's Personal Finance