Before Internet and online shopping, you were pretty much stuck with selection and prices in stores around your home.
Now, you can shop anywhere and anytime with unlimited access to the best deals out there, saving you thousands of dollars, except of course you are limited by your data.
Really we all know it’s super cool to be anywhere in the world and shop America, London, China, California, Italy and more right to your door anywhere you are. Isn’t it? But how safe are you shopping online. Here are few tips for shopping safely online:
- Verify the store. Ensure that it’s a real store selling real products. Unlike traditional shopping, where you know that a store is actually the store it claims to be, attackers can create malicious websites that appear legitimate or email that seem to have been sent from a legitimate source. One way to check this is to see that they have a working phone number. Call the phone number and be sure to speak to someone. Be wary of stores that just ask you to contact them via email, with no listed phone numbers. Generally we recommend shopping on well-known stores e.g Amazon, eBay, and others you can find on our recommended list.
- Use and maintain anti-virus software on your computer. Now, if you don’t take steps to protect your computer from viruses or other malicious code, an attacker might gain access to your computer and all of the information on it. Simply buying an anti-virus software such as Norton antivirus or McAfee, and making sure they are up to date and running well would protect you. I won’t go into the theory behind this. Just do it. We recommend going with anti-virus software packages that also provide firewalls and anti-spyware features.
- Leave a limited Amount In Your Visa/Master Card. Don’t leave all your funds on any card you use for online shopping. Load a disposable card or better still load the card with the amount you intend to shop. This way you use the card fully and don’t have too much money exposed to hackers.
- Verify Website Security. Yes, there are also different levels of security that are available online and you want to be aware of them. Some online websites don’t offer secure shopping. That means that savvy criminals can capture everything that you enter on those sites, including your personal and bank card information. If you’re going to shop online, limit yourself to secure sites. You can tell if a site is secure by the URL (address on your browser). A secure web site starts with HTTPS:// instead of HTTP://. Secure sites will also have a small lock icon in the lower right corner of the screen. Most website address bar will turn green now if they are secure. Check if it has Extended Validation SSL, site that has this is first verified as legitimate before the certificate is issued. This is what Shoptomydoor.com uses, and you will always see a green address bar before we ask for credit card information.
- Don’t Shop Publicly . If you plan to do any shopping online, do it at home, in your office and only on a computer you trust is secure. Do not shop from a public computer, such as in an internet cafe, in a school library or any public place where lots of people use the same computer. No matter how safe the site is, just don’t shop online publicly. Wait till you are home, change to your pyjamas, put the laptop on your lap, and shop safely. Most online stores are mobile optimized just like Shoptomydoor.com so you can shop using your ipad, phone or tablets if you don’t have a laptop.
Got questions about how we can help with your shopping needs (electronics, fashion items, baby needs, supermarket items, car and their parts? Email us via firstname.lastname@example.org