Tips For Safe Online Shopping
Online shopping is getting more patronage every day. You can shop online with confidence if you follow these tips provided by pcmag.com.
- Use familiar websites: Start with a trusted site rather than shopping with a search engine. Search results can be rigged to lead you astray, especially when you drift past the first few pages of links. If you know the site, chances are that it is less likely to be a rip off.
- Look for the lock: Never buy anything online using your credit card from a site that doesn’t have the secure sockets layer encryption installed-at the very least. You will know if the site has the SSL because the URL for the site will start with HTTPS:// (instead of just HTTP://). An icon of a locked padlock will appear, typically in the status bar at the bottom of your web browser, or right next to the URL in the address bar. It depends on your browser. Never give anyone your credit card over email.
- Don’t tell all: No online shopping store needs your social security number or your birthday to do business. However, if crooks get them, combined with your credit card number for purchases, they can do a lot of damage. The more they know, the easier it is to steal your identity. When possible, default to giving up the least amount of information.
- Check statements: Don’t wait for your bill to come at the end of the month. Go online regularly and look at electronic statements for your credit card, debit card, and other accounts.
- Protect your PC: Swindlers don’t just sit around waiting for you to give them data; sometimes, they give you something extra to get things along. You need to protect against malware with regular updates to your anti-virus programme.
- Use strong passwords: Tips for creating a unique password can come in handy during a time of the year when shopping around.
- Think mobile: There is no real need to be any more nervous about shopping on a mobile device than online. Use the apps to find what you want and then make the purchase directly, without going to the store or the website.
- Avoid public terminals: Hopefully, we don’t have to tell you it is a bad idea to use a public computer to make purchases, but we still will. If you do, just remember to log out every time you use a public terminal, even if you were just checking email.
- Privatise your Wi-Fi: If you do decide to go out with the laptop to shop, you will need a Wi-Fi connection. Only use the wireless if you access the web over a virtual private network connection. By the way, now is not a good time to try out a hotspot you are unfamiliar with.
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