Tips for Safe Online Shopping

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According to the National Retail Federation, online sales accounted for over $1 trillion of total U.S. retail sales in 2021.1 Online shopping is especially popular during the holiday season, enabling you to avoid the crowds and conveniently purchase gifts using your smartphone or computer. Unfortunately, the popularity of online shopping also means that cyber criminals and online scams are more prevalent than ever. Here are some tips to help protect yourself when shopping online.

Check your device. Make sure that all of your devices (e.g., mobile phone, computer, and tablet) are up-to-date and configured to update automatically or notify you when updates are available.

Maintain strong passwords. Create strong passwords, at least 8 characters long, using a combination of lower- and upper-case letters, numbers, and symbols, and don't use the same password for multiple accounts.

Use multi-factor authentication when available. Two-factor or multi-factor authentication, which involves using a one-time code sent to your mobile device in addition to your password, provides an extra layer of protection.

Watch out for phishing emails. Beware of emails that contain links or ask for personal information. Legitimate shopping websites will never email you and randomly ask for your personal information. In addition, don't be fooled by fake package delivery updates. Make sure that all delivery emails are from reputable delivery companies you recognize.

Here are some tips to help protect yourself when shopping online.
Beware of scam websites. Typing one word into a search engine to reach a particular retailer's website may be easy, but it might not take you to the site you are actually looking for. Scam websites often contain URLs that look like misspelled brand or store names to trick online shoppers. To help determine whether an online retailer is reputable, research sites before you shop and read reviews from previous customers. Look for https:// in the URL and not just http://, since the "s" indicates a secure connection.

Use credit instead of debit. Credit cards generally have better protection than debit cards against fraudulent charges. In addition, consider using a mobile payment service (e.g., Apple Pay or Google Pay), which doesn't require you to give your credit-card information directly to a merchant.

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Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa Host Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce November Luncheon

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Article & Photos by Robin Hall - Out2News.com
Jensen Beach - On Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 11:45am the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce had their November Luncheon at the Hutchinson Shores Resort in Jensen Beach. Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa is the Treasure Coast of Florida's premier resort for family vacations, meetings, corporate retreats, oceanfront weddings, and spa getaways. Their unique Jensen Beach hotel offers 178 oceanfront accommodations with coastal-inspired decor and private balconies, along with exceptional resort amenities including a signature spa, two outdoor pools, oceanfront dining and more. The are located at: 3793 NE Ocean Boulevard in Jensen Beach.For more information call them at 772.334.1950.
A wonderful luncheon and desert was served by a very friendly staff.
Ron Rose, President CEO of the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce started the luncheon by welcoming all members attending the luncheon. Sponsor for the luncheon was Van's Art Gallery & Uniforms. She brought a beautiful array of clothing from her store as well as models who modeled some of her beautiful one of a kind items. Van also has a lovely selection of jewelry which she offers in her gallery. Van's Art Gallery & Uniforms is located at 3750 SE Ocean Blvd, Sewall's Point. Contact number is:772-678-6900.

The Jensen Beach Elementary School Teacher & Student of the Month were also announced at the luncheon. The Student of the Month was Ellie Peer and Teacher of the Month was Morgan Foohs. Each were given a plaque and celebrated at the luncheon. Congratulations to both on an outstanding job.

State Representative Toby Overdorf was the speaker for the luncheon. He gave an overall updated of things happening in our communities and things he is in the process of working on in Washington. Mr. Overdorf was re-elected recently in the elections.

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Tykes & Teens 15th Annual Festival of Trees & Lights Welcomes Local Chamber of Commerce at Breakfast

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In Photo: Director Elizabeth Appleton, M.ED. and Chief Executive Director, Anne Posey, LMHC, NCC - Tykes & Teens 

Article & Photos by: Robin Hall - Out2News.com
Stuart -On November 17, 2022, there was a Chamber of Commerce held with Tykes and Teens for the Palm City Chamber, Hobe Sound Chamber & Stuart/Martin County Chambers. There was a $10.00 charge to attend the breakfast. Approximately eighty people attend the event. The breakfast was sponsored by Steve & Evie Klaassen, Colorado Pawn & Jewelry.

Director, Elizabeth Appleton, Director for Infant/Early Childhood spoke about the much-needed help from the community to keep this organization going and how it is helping children now. The new Chief Executive Officer, Anne Posey spoke about the organization and saying Thank you to all supporters. Associate Executive Director for the YMCA, Robert Griggs, M.S. also spoke about the many ways Tykes and Teens have worked together to get help throughout the community. The support for the organization means everything at this time of year, countless hours are spent each year with staff from Tykes and Teens, Dames & Deer’s, and many many volunteers. The event is FREE to the public daily from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm and is held in the Flagler Center in downtown Stuart.

Many activities are also held during the week for everyone to attend such as: Family Day, Joy to the Girls Cocktail Party, Afternoon Champagne Tea, A Not So Silent Night Anniversary Celebration and lastly Breakfast & Photos with Santa which is the last day of the event. Tykes and Teens has provided Mental Health services and programs for children and adolescents for over 25 years. They provide services from over 50 in-person service locations, including outpatient offices in Palm City, Jensen Beach, Hobe Sound and Port St. Lucie. childcare centers; Martin, Okeechobee, and Indian River County schools; in collaboration with community partners; and in more than 200 homes. Their mission is to prioritizing children’s mental health in our families, schools, and communities through prevention, education, and treatment. For more information contact them at: (772) 220-3439.

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Children's Museum Hosts Business After Hours & Ribbon Cutting With Palm City Chamber of Commerce

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Jensen Beach - The Palm City Chamber of Commerce held a Business After Hours and Ribbon Cutting for The Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast. Missi Campbell Executive Director for the Palm City Chamber and Christina Franco President of the Chamber welcomed all who attended. Everyone who attended told who they were and their companies got a shout out. Tammy Calabria introduced herself and spoke briefly about the mission and exhibits going on at the Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast, mentioning the special Sensory exhibit which has just opened.

The Children's Museum opened in August 2008 and has welcomed over 400,000 visitors and over 50,000 students since their opening in 2008. Their mission is to offer children and families a place to explore and learn through hands on activities, educational programs and cultural experiences. Along with welcoming members and friends of the Palm City Chamber the Children's Museum also did a ribbon cutting with Steve & Evie Klaassen owners of Colorado Pawn & Jewelry, who graciously sponsored the Sensory Booth for children with Autism. This is a new exhibit at the museum for children to enjoy. The Children's Museum is located at: 1107 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach.

Hours for the Museum are: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

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