Shopping have never been easier than doing it online! One of the great gifts from the 21st century have been the ability to do a few clicks, wait a day or two, and have everything you order brought to the comfort of your own home. It’s very easy and can save you lots of time, effort and money. Online you can find the best bargains, a wide variety of products and prices, and you can buy just about anything from upholstery cleaner to a car! The sky is the limit! (well actually the limit is your credit card, but you know what I mean) Shopping online it’s very safe, but that doesn’t mean it’s without its risks. Many people out there may try to scam you into buying fake products or not delivering the goods you bought, or even stealing your bank details. This is a possibility when doing online shopping, but with a little common sense and practical advice you can have a risk-free experience. It all comes down to knowing who you are buying from, where and how.
Here you can find a few tips to have a safe online experience:
• Keep an eye on the website and seller: there are plenty of websites to shop from that are perfectly reliable. If you are buying from an independent seller or website, first do a little bit of research. Check reviews from other buyers and the buyer’s reputation before closing the deal.
• Check if the website is secure: most browsers give you all the information you need to know that a site is safe. When looking at the address bar, check that the address starts with https://, next to it must be a padlock and the website name should be on green color; these are all signs of secure websites. Only share personal information on secure websites.
• Keep you anti-virus protection updated: updates can help you prevent cyber attacks and keep your data protected.
• Use strong passwords: use a combination of upper and lower case, numbers and special characters. If you are worrying about forgetting, write it down somewhere safe.
• Watch out for unsafe Wi-Fi: public places like parks, coffee shops and malls often offer free Wi-Fi, these networks are not protected and makes you very vulnerable to stolen data. Try not to use public Wi-Fi for doing any kind of transaction that requires personal information.