5 Ways to Stay Safe While Online Shopping

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Forget about rushing into shops before closing time, fighting for the last item on the rack, unhelpful shop keepers and hoards of people. Online shopping gives you the freedom to choose the items you want, whenever you want it.

The appeal of online shopping has seen a steady increase in the number of blogshops and e-commerce sites all over the internet. While most sites offer visitors a pleasant and safe experience, scammers are taking advantage of this to steal data. Here are some ways for you to stay safe while online shopping.

1. Don’t use (free) public wifi

Most free public wifi networks do not encrypt their data. When you use their network to shop online, hackers can easily access your personal and private information. If the information you have to give retailers is sensitive (credit card details, date of birth etc.), wait till you are on a secure wifi network (i.e. your home) before shopping.

2. Be careful on mobile devices

Unlike computers, mobile devices are not equipped with anti-malware software. This makes it easier for hackers to gain entry into your device without your detection. In addition, retailers use shortened URLs on their mobile sites for ease. However, this can be a problem when URLs help to give an indication on whether the site is trustworthy or not.

3. Look out for HTTPS

One tip to ensure that you are using a safe retailer is to check their URL. Look out for “HTTPS“- the addition of the S means that your information is secure. This acronym shows that your information is encrypted so that only the retailer can see it. Other ways to check for a secure site is to look for a closed lock or an unbroken key beside the URL.

4. Stick with well-known retailers

Most of the online shops that have a secure site are well-known among shoppers. Stick to well-known retailers as they usually have comprehensive data coverage to ensure that your information is secure.

5. Do not save credit card details

While it may be tempting to save your credit card details on some secure sites for ease of transaction, it can still pose a danger if sites get compromised. It is always better to stay safe by entering your details fresh.

There are many predators out there waiting to steal your information. But online shopping can be a breeze if you follow these 5 steps.

Stay safe and happy shopping!

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