Purchases and Online Security

Make Your Online Shopping Safe and Secure

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  • Never make online financial transactions via websites or institutions with which you are not familiar. Many thieves set up fake sites to steal information from unsuspecting victims.  
  • Be especially skeptical of unsolicited emails — even those that appear to be from institutions you trust — asking you to follow particular links, respond with identifying information, or change passwords. Another common phishing practice is to set up websites that pose as the sites of trusted institutions in order to gather legitimate passwords from unsuspecting users.  
  • Be sure to log off completely from any website following an online transaction. Don't just close your browser: Find the link that logs you off.  
  • Make sure that websites where you're shopping are secured. Look for a secured symbol at the bottom of your browser (the symbol is most often displayed as a small padlock).  
  • Only provide your account information when the browser indicates an encrypted (scrambled) connection. An encrypted connection is normally indicated by an 'https://' in your browser's address bar in front of the address of the page you are viewing.


The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under our policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.