The Internet has made it extremely convenient, as well as cheaper, to purchase items such as textbooks. It is important to understand some of the security measures that should be used when making purchases online.
- [Teacher] Most of the things I want to mention in this video have been mentioned at one point already during the course. However, there are some things that I want to reemphasize, especially when it comes to shopping online. Now textbooks can be a ridiculously high cost at school, and one of the ways to combat this is to look for deals online. My advice is that you do look for deals, but be careful where you order them from. Here are some of my tips for ordering online. Any time that you're going to make a purchase online, no matter what it's for, use a secure connection. Avoid sharing payment information when using public wifi.
Next, use credible sites, or ensure that the sites you're using are secure. This is something we talked about in a previous video, but let's take another quick look at it. Right now I'm on amazon.com and this is a site that I trust. But remember, when we're looking at sites, there are some signs that we can look for that can make us more confident the site is secure. First of all, does the URL start with https? The s at the end of this lets us know that the site is secure, and that it encrypts our information. Also, is there the padlock symbol, or something else that lets us know the site's secure? Here I have the padlock, and if I click on it, it lets me know that my information's private, the site is secure, and gives me more information about it.
Now there will be some sites that start with http on their homepage, but on the page where you need to enter information, it has https. I would look for that. If there's a site that has http only when it's a page where you have to enter information, I would personally stay away from that. Also, if you're ordering any books from a bookstore online, do a Google search to see if you can find reviews of the bookstore. If something seems too good to be true, look into it more. Trust your intuition because a lot of times, it is too good to be true.
Again, do a Google search, call or email the company, and ask them questions. If it is a textbook you're ordering, make sure that you're ordering the correct edition, or ask your instructor if it's possible to use a slightly older edition. Sometimes new editions simply add a little bit that changes the page numbers, although a slightly older edition would be just fine for the course. Next, consider used textbooks. This is something that you can access on amazon.com. Also, consider textbook rentals. Some sites like Amazon allow you to rent textbooks and return them when you're done.
If I go back over to amazon.com, you can see here that if I go to Departments, scroll down to Books, I can go here to Textbooks. But below that, I also have Textbook Rentals. Now for textbooks, if I click here, type in biology, and you'll notice that oftentimes we get the title of the book, and we get the price that it would cost. Below this, a lot of times, though, there is a section for used and new, and we can click there. And this will link us to third parties that we can decide whether or not we want to order the used book from.
So here it's telling us they're new, new, new, used, like new, used good. So sometimes they may have damage, but they're supposed to report that. Another thing is when you're using a third party on Amazon, you may want to look at the ratings. For instance, here Wordery USA has a 94 percent rating with over 44,000 ratings. So that is one I likely would trust. I like 96 percent a little better, and so on. So again, do your research. Buying things online such as textbooks can be convenient and save you a lot of money, but take the necessary precautions when doing so in order to avoid any issues.
- Accessing your school's Internet policy
- Avoiding a negative digital footprint
- Understanding which websites are safe and secure
- Customizing your browser settings
- Staying secure when using the Internet
- Avoiding malware and phishing scams
- Using public computers
- Using free public Wi-Fi
- Purchasing textbooks online
- Taking precautions when browsing on mobile devices