If you love to shop online, you must remember to follow these safety tips.
There are a lot of good reasons to shop online – it is fast, easy and very convenient. Plus, there are also a ton of good bargains!
However, it’s important to remember that shopping online can also put us at risk of fraud and phishing attacks. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t shop online, but you do have to be very careful to avoid any potential harm.
Here are 5 excellent tips you can use to make your online shopping a lot safer.
1. Look for the lock
Make sure the website where you’re shopping has the SSL (secure sockets layer) encryption installed. To know this, the website should start with https:// and you should also notice a little lock symbol, which is in the address bar at the top.
2. Avoid open Wi-Fi networks
It is important to remember that public Wi-Fi networks can be unsafe, especially if you’ going to transfer important personal information.
If you are going to shop online, do it from a secure and private connection to avoid exposing your information to hackers.
3. Watch out for fake websites
One common tactic used by hackers is to set up their own fake shopping websites. There are a few details that can help you spot a fake site, for example, it may have a strange URL or offer products at extremely low prices (almost too good to be true).
If a website just doesn´t look right to you, you should probably stay away from it!
4. Use antivirus protection
Keeping our computer system and mobile devices updated and protected with a good antivirus will help us avoid many problems. Before making any purchase, perform a scan on your equipment to make sure everything is in order.
5. Don’t give away all your information
When you shop online you need to provide two types of information: payment information (such as credit cards data) and shipping information (usually your home or work address).
Be suspicious of online shops that ask for other information, such as date of birth, social security number or any other sensitive information. They don’t need to know this information in order to sell you products.
Do you have any other tips for safe online shopping? Share them on the comment section!