How safe are you when shopping online?
No matter how old you are, shopping online has become the preferred way to shop for many people especially as it can offer savings and convenience.
Just like in the real world, sometimes when shopping online things can go very wrong – from computer glitches,dealing with poor customer service issues and sometimes you can run into dangerous situations and that is the purpose to this blog post.
Its important to protect yourself when shopping online and here are 5 tips to help you be smarter and more secure when buying those gifts for your friends or that new tablet for yourself.
1. Make sure that the browser window is showing HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (https)). When shopping online you want to be sure that any information you are putting in is secure and not visible to the whole global community
2. What type of information are you being asked for? While online retailers or dropshippers are needing a certain amount of information (data) such as a billing address and shipping address, be careful in other forms of data you are being asked to give out. The more information you share the more vulnerable you are to identity theft.
3.While you might be tempted to buy from a site that seems to have great prices for different products, the best advise is to stay with a trusted site and talk to people about the different sites they use. Websites that are legitimate will always be able to provide you with contact information so that if you have questions or have problems you can contact them.
4.Know what you are buying! I can tell you from my own experience that I have been looking at getting some new computer equipment and when I read some of the different descriptions, it may as well be Greeek to me so I am being smart and asking for advise from trusted friends. A couple of friends had noticed on a few sites that I had gone to that the descriptions did not add up to the product. So.. read everything carefully and if you have questions or it doesnt seem right, walk away!
3. Use a secure payment when paying for your item. PayPal Google Wallet or a credit card are few of the best ways to pay for your purchase. NEVER use a debit card or wire transfer as these ways could be open to fraud or other nasty things.!
4. Practice good record keeping! Be sure to print out and date a copy of the sale including terms and conditions, item description, emails etc and save them! When your purchase has arrived you can inspect the item you bought and see if everything is included and if there is a problem, you can contact the seller more easily because of the good records you have kept!
5. Never shop online using a public Wi-Fi connection! Hackers can tap into these connections found at airports and coffee shops and get your personal information!
For all the dangers that one can run into doing your holiday shopping online,it is a great way to avoid the crowds and reduce your stress load – just be safe and be sure to take the proper precautions!
Have fun shopping!