Watercooler: Protect your financial data while shopping online

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Internet security should be a top concern for anyone who shops online, particularly during the holiday season.

A simple mistake or assumption about a retail goods site's security can increase the possibility of having a credit card number stolen - or even your identity.

Several websites offer solid information about online shopping security. Here are some locales worth a visit:

Bankrate.com • Discusses credit card protections, fraud shield and security issues, at http://bit.ly/11ykmI

Better Business Bureau • Offers 10 online shopping safety tips for the holiday season, at http://bit.ly/u413JC

Federal Trade Commission • Provides consumer's guide and tips to using e-payments for online shopping, at http://1.usa.gov/bhdSng

OnGuardOnline • Presents basic, yet key safety tips for online shopping, at http://1.usa.gov/Ubujxg

Visa • Covers reducing your risk when online shopping and watching for spyware, at http://bit.ly/T6XcPw