Free Shipping on Thousands of Items
Check Out Our YouTube Channel

TheBolt

The official blog of Abt Electronics & Appliances

Posts Tagged ‘holiday season’

Stay Safe When Shopping On-Line

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

This holiday season, many people will be doing some, if not all of their shopping on-line. On-line shopping is a fast, easy way to get shopping finished without ever setting foot in a mall.

Stores like Abt.com are customer-friendly, and we take many necessary steps to insure that customer information is safe and protected. Many stores are the same way. Unfortunately, like a pick-pocket in a crowded shopping mall, there are scammers waiting to take advantage of you on-line too. Here a few tips to help you stay safe when shopping on-line this year.

Always use websites that have a little padlock located somewhere on the page. Make it mandatory that you only use websites that are secure. If you are unable to locate the padlock, look at the web address. If you see an “https” the website is secure. If you notice that the website only has “http” then I would navigate to another website that is secure.

Many stores require a log in and password. Try to avoid using the same password for all of the different websites you use. Try to make it something that has numbers and letters. Identity thieves could try to crack your password using familiar things to you, like a pet or child’s name.

Keep your computer protected. Wireless connections enable free movement of laptops and netbooks. If your computer is not protected, you could get a virus or someone could get access to your network—and information on that network.

Never respond to email from someone that you don’t know. Spam filters can sweep them into a junk mail folder before they even reach you. That’s another reason to have good security on your computer. Good computer security will have an email feature that blocks spam.

Another on-line shopping safety measure is dedicating credit card for use only when shopping on-line. If you only use one credit card for all of your purchases, if anything were to happen, you need not worry about cancelling all of your credit cards. Another benefit to using a credit card is that it’s not connected to your checking account. If a dispute for a charge is necessary, you won’t have any cash in limbo.

If you would like additional safety information for on-line shopping visit staysafeonline.org.

-Kelly B.

Where to go to find the perfect present? Abt Electronics!

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

It’s always my goal to give unique gifts during the holiday season. They don’t have to be the most expensive, just uber thoughtful. I spend hours on end trying to find the perfect gift ideas.

This year, I think it may be easier to buy for my friends who love their iPods. I was surfing the internet and found wooden (of all things) iPod speakers. We all have that hard-to-buy-for person on our lists. This year Abt might make it a little easier.

Abt.com has a ton of unique gift ideas for the hard-to-buy-for friend. Do you have a young cooking enthusiast on your list? Abt has cooking tools made just for a wee one. How about a nature-lover who is cutting down on his or her carbon footprint? We have solar powered iPod chargers. Still no ideas for that special someone—try Abt’s Gift Guide.

-Kelly B.

DVDs for Blu-rays?

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

 

 

If you could trade in your DVDs for movies in Blu-ray format, would you? Warner Bros. is betting that you will. This holiday season Warner Bros. has implemented a program allowing owners to trade in all of their Warner Bros. DVDs to exchange them for the same movie in Blu-ray format.

Warner Bros. created a website to get your Blu-ray collection jump-started. If you visit www.DVD2blu.com, you can get instructions for your DVD trade-in. Simply send in your DVD and a small fee, and then a few days later get the same movie sent back to you in Blu-ray format.

With over 50 titles to choose from currently, you may select up to 25 to trade-in per visit. The cost of the trade-in varies per movie from $7.95 to $9.95 depending on the title. The available movies range from family titles to action movies. Warner Bros. will constantly add titles to the collection, so check their website regularly.

Are you interested in any Blu-ray titles on their list?

 

-Kelly B.