SOURCE: Westfield Insurance

November 26, 2008 09:36 ET

Westfield Insurance Offers Consumer Tips for Secure Online Shopping

Westfield's Information Security Blog Provides Insight and Information on Preventing Identity Theft

WESTFIELD CENTER, OH--(Marketwire - November 26, 2008) - Westfield Insurance has published a list of consumer tips for secure online shopping, in conjunction with the start of the 2008 holiday shopping season. The list is posted on the Westfield Insurance Information Security Blog, which launched in October.

As Westfield Insurance corporate information manager Mike Rossander states in the blog post, "Shopping online is a convenience that we are quickly learning to take for granted. At the same time, identity theft is a steadily more serious threat. There are some risks you should consider, especially when making purchases over the Internet."

The secure shopping tips include:

-- When shopping online, type the merchant's URL in by hand instead of following any "convenient" link in an email or instant message.

-- Read the site's privacy policy carefully.

-- Consider keeping a separate credit card with a low credit limit just for Internet purchases.

-- Check your statement carefully for charges you don't recognize

-- Visit the Westfield Insurance Information Security Blog: Secure Shopping for the complete post.

Rossander is the author of the Westfield Insurance Information Security Blog, where he leads the discussion on security-related topics relevant to individuals and businesses, including tips to help uphold the privacy and security of confidential information.

Westfield Insurance, a property and casualty provider of business insurance, personal insurance, home and car insurance, and farm insurance, also hosts a Loss Control Blog. The Loss Control Blog features a wide range of risk management and loss prevention topics, to help businesses manage and reduce potential risks.

About Westfield Insurance

In business for 160 years, Westfield Insurance, a member of Westfield Group, provides commercial and personal insurance in 18 states and surety services to customers in 28 states. Westfield is one of the nation's 50 largest property and casualty insurance groups, represented by a network of over 1,200 independent insurance agencies. Westfield Group provides banking through Westfield Bank(SM) and agency support through Westfield Services, Inc. Learn more about Westfield Insurance at www.WestfieldInsurance.com.

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