The Internet has done great things for humanity, among them providing the total convenience of online shopping. But like most things in this world, this convenience is accompanied by risks, and as a shopper, you have to protect yourself. Not that you will find this will be difficult. Truth is, it’s easy as 123.
Below are five things to remember just before you click on Buy:
1.Use payment services when possible.
Credit and debit cards are very handy, but you’ll probably be safer using a payment service such as Paypal, Google Pay, Stripe, etc. Note that these cards are connected to your bank account, so if they are exposed, so is that bank account. On the other hand, your credit card number gets stolen, you will get more protection and less liability. This is one time plastics rule.
2. Shop only from secure websites.
Before you enter your personal or financial information, first ensure that the site is legitimate and secure. The easiest thing you can do is check if there’s an “https” before the e-store’s address on the address bar. The “s” shows that your information will be encrypted while going back and forth over the Internet. It all you see is “http,” back off.
3. Update your software.
One of the easiest ways to keep yourself safe when shopping online is to update your own software when it’s time. Remember that there are new security risks coming about everyday, and an update will make sure that your software remains effective against such new threats. You may hate having to wait for that update process to finish, but the benefits will be worth that extra patience.
4.Be extremely careful when clicking links.
Besides those sneaky email attacks, links to offers that sound too incredible should never be opened. If something has really piqued your interest, research about it first before deciding whether to actually click the link or not.
Improve your passwords.
You hear this advice practically everywhere for a reason: it’s really important. When it comes to keeping your private information secure, unique passwords are your best bet. If you use a single password multiple sites, it’s time to change every one of them. There are password generators that will make it easier for you to create complex and more effective passwords that hackers will likely shy away from.
Without a doubt, online shopping is one of the most important benefits that technology has ever given us. But this is something that we need to learn to enjoy with a sense of responsibility, if only for our protection.