Keeping Safe When Using A Listing Service Like Craigslist

There are a lot of services that have been started ever since the online revolution happened but none have been bigger than Craigslist. For some reason the simple looking web site has grown to be one of the biggest websites on the internet. What started out as something that only catered to people looking for items in very few cities has now grown to be a site that is everywhere. It is now considered the alternative to EBay when people are looking for items at a discount price.

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But the one thing that you have to remember about Craigslist is the fact of why it is so cheap. And the reason why it is so cheap is because most of the deals are done face to face and are not something that you would have to ship to the other person. With a service like EBay you have to worry about shipping and packaging the product if you are the seller and you have to worry about all of the cost of those services being added in if you are the buyer. When you are dealing with a service like Craigslist you do not have to worry about that because everything is done locally. But everything being done locally can have its bad sides as well.

When you are dealing with people online, you have to worry about some security precautions. You have to worry about whether you are going to be suckered because the person will not send you the items that you have purchased. You have to worry about your credit card number and whether someone is going to try to steal it or not. And you have to worry about giving out your address because the person who you are buying from on the other side needs it to be able to send you the item. They can easily try to take all of that information and perform an identity theft on you. But even with all of those concerns, the one thing that you do not have to worry about is someone trying to rob you in person.

And that is what you have to worry about when you use a service like Craigslist. Because of the local connections and the fact that most transactions are done face to face, you now have to worry about someone doing something physical to you. This is not just an online transaction anymore. Now you have to stand toe to toe with them and hope that they are a good person. So here are some tips that will help you stay on a service like Craigslist and any other like it.

First of all, when you are going to meet the person, make sure you do it in public. If you do have to go to the person’s house, do not go inside if you do not have to. If you are going to pick up a big item and you already know that you are going to have to go in the house then you should be sure and bring someone with you. And make sure that it is someone that you trust. When you are at this person’s house you are on their territory so you need to give yourself as much of an advantage as you can. And if you are the seller, then if you can, you should bring the item to a public place as well.

Services like Craigslist are great. You just have to make sure that you stay safe when you are using them.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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