Tips on buying online in a safe and secure manner
As we are all know, online shopping is big business with more and more consumers using the web as their main source of buying goods online. Unfortunately, this type of purchasing attracts the attention of cybercriminals who are more than happy to exploit individuals who are looking to benefit from the convenience and affordability as well as the wide choice of goods, available on line. We have put together some tips that we advise all online shoppers to use prior to purchasing anything on the web.
Purchase goods with credit cards and secure payment services instead of your debit card
Credit cards compared to debit cards, offer the consumer additional protection when shopping online. The main advantage of using credit cards is that a credit card account is in no way linked to whatever funds you actually own. Unlike debit cards, credit cards may have a credit limit on the monetary amount you will be responsible for paying if your information is stolen and used by someone else. Using secure online payment services, like that offered by PayPal, are advisable. The advantage with these providers is that they act as a kind of middle man, whereby you deliver payment to them – i.e. PayPal – and they then pass this onto the retailer. Your bank details always remain unseen.
Always Check for https URL and the padlock symbol
https, which was developed by Netscape, is an online safety protocol that encrypts information so that data can be kept private and protected. In most cases, the text in the URL is preceded by a padlock symbol (if this is missing, the website should be treated with caution) The ‘s’ in https incidentally, stands for secure. Websites that use https are safe because they utilise SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) to encrypt any information that is distributed online, such as your credit card details.
Look out for offers that seem too good to be true
All of us at some point have come across an offer on the web that looked and sounded great. We wanted to avail of this incredible offer in order not to miss out. However, most “cheap” offers no matter how well they are presented on line are more than not a scam and come with either “terms conditions” that add extra cost to the item you buying or more importantly, do not exist and are a scam. In some cases, the perpetrators may be simply looking to infect your laptop or mobile device. This seems to more common around the Christmas period where there does tend to be a lot of amazing and genuine offers out there. We advise vigilance and only purchase goods from the more reliable brands who use a secure URL. If in doubt, then stay away to avoid disappointment later.
Use your mobile phone network over public Wi-Fi
Public Wi-Fi is something that is readily available to us consumers and is commonly found in Shopping Centres and most large public communal areas. The benefits to us all is that it’s free and won’t drain our own data allowance. However, when it comes to buying online, all the convenience that comes with public Wi-Fi can be overshadowed by the many risks that are associated with this service. You’d be surprised at how unsecure many hotspots actually are and how they can be used to infiltrate your mobile devices, leaving them more prone to attack. Our advice is simple, when out and about, ALWAYS use your data provided by your network provider. They go to great lengths to keep your information secure and out of reach of companies or criminals who are looking to exploit your personal data for their own personal gain.
Online shopping should always be an enjoyable experience and we want you to enjoy it. Bear in mind the above tips when on your electronic devices and this should go some way to ensuring that your data is never breached and that criminals are always kept at arms-length.
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