Online shopping nowadays is the most popular thing to do. Consumers all over the world can now purchase stuff in just one click. You don’t have to withdraw cash physically, you can just purchase an item by connecting your bank account. For this reason, many cybercriminals are emerging and taking the advantage of online shopping for scamming individuals.
With that in mind, listed below are the best tips to stay safe and secure when shopping online.
Be mindful when checking offers that are very cheap for the deal
We all want to save as much money as we can that is why we stick onto deals to buy something. Smart shopping as they say.. but may not be smart enough if the deal is too good for your pocket.
For example, if you see a watch that is on sale and is “FREE”, you have to think twice. There is no such thing in this world that is free (not even air). You have to be cautious since there are scammers online that will allure you into buying goods that are too good. In rare cases, they just want to give you random viruses, Trojan, worm.. imagine the problems for just clicking links.
Offers like the above mentioned are very common specially during the holiday season, when there are deals flooding in the web. You have to be vigilant and only buy stuff from trusted brands.
Only shop at trusted stores with great reputation
The best way to stay safe when shopping online is to shop only with trusted brands such as Amazon, eBay, Walmart, Sephora and many more. Not only do you get quality and deals, you feel more confident since they are well-known stores that comes with strong security measures.
Check if they use HTTPS with padlock symbols
HTTPS stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure. Notice the S stands for Secure? It means your data in that site is encrypted. It protects your personal information, keeping it private and secured. Just be careful when checking, be sure that there is a padlock symbol beside the https and if it is missing, you might want to reconsider making a purchase on the site.
Websites with HTTPS are protected and secured since they use SSL (Secure Socket Layer) to encrypt any details online such as your bank account details.
Though there are sites that still hasn’t applied HTTPS on their domains, you still have to check thoroughly if they are authentic and if they have reviews.