How protected are you when buying online?

Posted on September 16, 2020 at 8:33 am

In recent years, the number of people buying products online has increased dramatically partly due to the shopping restrictions because of the pandemic and perhaps also due to the bargains that can be found when shopping online. It is particularly important when buying online that you take precautions to make sure that your details and payment methods are secure to prevent fraud but if you follow these simple steps there should be no issues.

Firstly, only buy from genuine websites. Google the site to check that it is legitimate and look at reviews that other customers have posted and if in doubt, look elsewhere.

Make sure your antivirus is up to date. Some antivirus software has a built-in website checker which will indicate whether a website is safe and secure giving you added reassurance when shopping.

When you have decided on your purchase and are ready to check out look carefully at the address bar at the top of the screen to make sure it has https instead of http. This along with a lock symbol shows that it is a secure page.

Entering payment details and setting up passwords should only be completed on private computers not public ones and remember me tick boxes are best avoided if possible. Paying by credit card or by PayPal gives the buyer additional protection from fraud and so is a wise choice. Two step verification offered by most banks gives another layer of security when using a card to make a purchase online.

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