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If you’re like many others out there, you’re likely shopping more online than you ever have before. Fortunately, technology has come far enough along that you can buy almost anything you need — without ever leaving the comfort of your own home.

Technology doesn’t always bring only good news along with it, and scams are a real worry for those who shop online. Between the uptick in online shopping during the pandemic and the usual increase in purchases during the holiday season, you’ll want to be extra vigilant while shopping online to avoid becoming a victim. Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself from would-be hackers and thieves while shopping online.

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1. Stick with Trusted Sites and Companies

We all have budgets we try to stick to, and there’s no other time you feel that pressure more than when you’re shopping

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With so many online shopping and e-commerce sites that cover everything from food, fashion, travel, cosmetics, gadgets and even groceries, everything you could ever want is at the touch of your fingertips. However, to shop online like a pro, make sure you’re using the right credit card to really maximise your online spending.

You could be missing out on some big cash rebates, rewards or even bonus miles! Here are the best credit cards for online shopping right now.

Best for online spending: Citibank Rewards

Best for mobile payments: UOB One

Best for millennials: UOB YOLO

Best for e-Commerce: OCBC Titanium

Best for highest cashback rate: CIMB Visa Signature

Best for online food delivery: OCBC 365

Best for online (and offline) fashion buys: DBS Live Fresh

Best for unlimited cashback: StanChart Bank Unlimited

Best credit cards

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With many people missing a day out at the shops due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we decided to raid the archive for a trip down memory lane looking at the county’s vast selection of malls.

From huge complexes to smaller precincts, Kent is home to many a varied shopping centre.

Bluewater opened March 16, 1999
Bluewater opened March 16, 1999

Many have changed over the years – whether by layout or the selection of stores on offer.

We start with the county’s biggest shopping centre, Bluewater, in Greenhithe.

It opened in March 1999 and rises out of a former chalk quarry among 50 metre-high cliffs – the same height as 10 double decker buses.

It boasts 300 stores, over 50 bars, restaurants and cafes, a cinema and 13,000 free car parking spaces, and attracts millions of visitors each year.

It hosts various events, including book signings and fireworks, and is home to a trampoline

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If you’re planning a trip to Dubai, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the global coronavirus pandemic.

a large body of water: Dubai has done startlingly well at keeping the virus in check

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Dubai has done startlingly well at keeping the virus in check

The basics

Dubai reopened to visitors from August 1, though all arrivals must have valid health insurance and a negative Covid test.

What’s on offer

Sun, shopping and some of the world’s best hotels — people come to Dubai to get away from it all. From incredible modern architecture to glossy beaches and high-end restaurants and hotels, this is a stylish blend of a city and beach break.

Who can go

Anyone normally permitted entry to Dubai can visit, even on vacation.

What are the restrictions?

All visitors over the age of 12 must have medical insurance and a negative PCR test completed within the past 96

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