7 Tips to Ensure Safety for Your Online Shopping

As a local and international courier, we in a sense facilitate the online shopping process. A great deal of our business comes from online purchases and its steady growth has made the need for more and more courier greater.

Online shopping accounts for some 9% of the total retail market, but this figure is increasing each and every year. As a result, the security measures taken that protect buyers and sellers in the online market place are quite advanced. However this doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone is safe and every website secure all of the time. General common sense and certain precautions can help you never make a mistake online that will cause your personal information to be compromised. In this article, let’s take a look at the best ways to protect yourself in the online shopping jungle.

1. Look for Website Security

If you’re considering buying online from a website you haven’t heard of before, look out for the https:// at the start of the URL when checking out. Sometimes you won’t see the full URL in your browser and it might show up as a lock in green. Basically this means that the website has SSL hosting, which creates an encrypted link between the browser and the server. In layman’s terms, this means that your credit card info remains private and confidential.

2. Reviews and Reputation

It’s an absolute must that you do your research on a website/company before you buy from their website. With social media and more review websites than you can poke a stick at, people aren’t at all shy about telling companies what they think about their service. If a business is unreliable, you want to know about it. And don’t just trust the onsite reviews, do your homework!

3. Update Your Anti-Virus Protection

Keeping your computer protected is probably the most important thing. Spam email/pop ups can be pretty convincing especially to the untrained eye. All it takes is one click and suddenly you’ve got a virus on your computer. Antivirus software’s are programs that help protect your computer against most viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other unwanted invaders that can make your computer “sick.” Viruses, worms, and the like often perform malicious acts, such as deleting files, accessing personal data, or using your computer to attack other computers. So make sure you have updated anti-virus software installed in your pc. This will make your life a lot easier.

4. Check Your Bank Statements

Make sure you check your bank account after the purchase for obvious reasons. If you can spot a mistake (whether it be intentional or genuine), better that you spot it quickly and figure out the best way to take it from there. Contact your bank immediately if anything looks suss!

5. Be Aware of What Info the Website is Taking

It might be worth reading through the website’s privacy policy. If the website is taking payment they should provide detail on the information they take from you and how they use that information. Some websites will actually sell your email address to other companies that can hit you with spam. There is nothing more frustrating! Usually it’s a case of the less info, the better. For example, they don’t need to be asking your date of birth, your web surfing habits and how you found the website to process the payment for one of their products.

6. Password Difficulty

The more random and hard to predict, the better. In fact, most IT support people suggest that your password should be a completely random jumble of characters rather than something that is easy to recall.

7. Use Your Phone or Home Computer

Sensitive information such as credit card details should not be sent over public wi-fi hotspots, to avoid hackers stealing it. If you access your email or social accounts using an open network, you are always running out the risk of password being hacked. We would strongly discourage the buying of products online when operating through free wi-fi or a public computer. Stick to networks you know if possible!

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