It is easier now to buy items from almost anywhere in the world without leaving your home because of online shopping. However, its popularity is also its boon because there are a lot of ways you can get scammed. Here are tips to make online shopping safer and more fun if you are new to the idea.
Start with trusted websites
You should try a popular, trusted online shopping website first. To check for reviews about the site, you can visit forums and other review sites to read the comments. You should pay attention to details about privacy, payment options, returns or refunds, and user testimonies because they can tell you whether it is safe to use your private information.
If you need to shop for a specific item or brand, you need to check if that company has its own online shopping store, but if not, stick to the popular online retailers.
Check the history of complaints and reports
When reading through the user recommendations, you need to look for a history list of scams, complaints, and reports. The online shopping store itself won’t post all of these, which is why you need to go to other review sites and forums to get the information you want. A legit website, however, is transparent when it comes to such information and it should be found easily on the site directory.
Use your own device and internet
Do not go online shopping when using a public connection such as free Wi-Fi. After all, you will need to give out private information when making a purchase. It is also a no-no if you use devices other than your own. Do not share your phone or computer with anyone if you have private information saved on the device.
Don’t fall for deals easily
If the promo seems too good to be true, it most likely is. Very low prices can mean that the products may be defective or the website just wants your information. Do not fall for free items or instant prizes unless you are already familiar with and have been using the website for a long time.
Don’t click just about any link or email
Some websites send email updates hen you register. If you can, opt out of these email or notifications so you do not accidentally click on a link and give away sensitive information.
Be careful which information you use
If a website asks you to input information that is not needed for a purchase, you should report it. Legit website will only ask for essentials such as your log in information, name, address, and necessary payment information. Secure websites also have the secure sockets layer (SSL) encryption, which means the address usually starts with an HTTPS.
Check your finances regularly
No matter what payment method you’re using, you should check your accounts regularly to see if there are fraudulent charges. This way, you can report anything suspicious right away.