7 Tips for Safe Online Shopping

The following are will be of help to online shoppers which reveals how to protect your shopping experience.

Shopping online offers numerous advantages and benefits, which is why more and more people nowadays choose online shopping over traditional in store shopping. One of such advantages is that online shopping tends to be easy – one can shop online at any time of the day, avoiding the usual hassle of finding a parking space or standing in queues. Besides, the choices of products are endless.

However, although online shopping is very convenient, it’s not always thesafest. Read through these 7 tips to know how to stay safe while shopping online.

1. Make sure you are using a safe computer.
 Don’t forget to regularly update your anti-virus program on your computer. This will protect your computer from different spyware software that want to steal your personal information. It is also always better to use your own computer for online purchases. Avoid doing online shopping on public computers in libraries, cafes or any other public place, as you can’t be sure if the public computers have all the necessary malware protection programs installed.

2. Shop on sites you trust.
Shop on well-known and trusted sites instead of unfamiliar ones. The site that is known by many will be less likely a rip off or a scam. If you have set your mind on buying something from a site you don’t know, do a research on the Internet before buying something. Check what experience other costumers had with that site.

3. Check websites' security settings.
No matter whether you are looking for a used cars or to buy some book; before entering you credit card details at the checkout make sure that the site uses an encrypted connection. The website’s URL should start with https:// instead of standard http:// and it should have a small lock in the lower right corner of the browser.

4. Use your standard credit card for online shopping.
Standard credit cards offer greater protection for online shoppers. You can even ask for „charge backs“ if you don’t receive your order or if you can prove that your credit card details had been stolen. Don’t forget to check your bank statement frequently though, to make sure there are no unexpected charges. In general, never wire the money to an online shop your are not 100% confident with.

5. Protect your personal information:
Always read privacy policy of the site, which explains how your private information will be used.

6. Know the real price:
Offers on some websites and spam e-mails often sound too good to be true, offering products for unbelievably low prices or even for free. Go with your instincts and don’t be afraid to refuse a “very good” deal, that same offer may end up costing you much more in the end. In order to quickly check the market price of any second hand goods, you can use online classifieds and online auction sites like TradeStable or eBay.

7. Strong passwords is an advantage:
Create passwords that contain mixed sets of characters: in other words, try using small and capital letters combined with numbers. This will help to keep our online accounts safe and hard to break in.
Paying attention to these 7 points should be relatively easy and prevent you from having problems with your purchases, so we wish you a good – and safe – online shopping experience!

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