Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tips when seeking deals online

Great deals and coupons can be found online. It is up to you how much/how little you want to use the internet in your quest for good deals. Before you begin, it is wise to consider the following:

*If possible, back up everything important on your computer on a separate hard drive before you begin to download anything new.

*Be sure the following are up-to-date on your computer: virus protection, firewall, and spyware protection. You can get free virus protection at (if you are connected to UNL, you can get Sophos virus protection through the university for free) and free spyware protection from

*Read all terms & conditions, privacy policies, etc. before downloading anything. Some couponing sites install spyware, adware, malware, etc. on your computer, which you want to avoid.

*Make an extra email account just for couponing/deal seeking. This will keep junk mail out of your regular mailbox, and will protect your normal email if one of the companies you sign up with shares/loses your information and it gets into the wrong hands. If possible, do not include your name in this email address. (BAD EXAMPLE:, GOOD EXAMPLE:

*For added identity security, when a site asks for your birthdate this is usually for marketing purposes (based on your age). List a birthdate different from your own which would put you in the right age range. This way you aren't providing strangers with your birthdate, but they get the information they need (your approximate age) (thanks for this one, Anna).

*Use a different password for each of your accounts, and change them periodically.

If anyone has other ideas for protecting your personal information, please share them!

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