focus on particular elements, here are ten online shopping security tips to apply across the board.
Strange email addresses are something to look out for with suspect online shops. If the support email or
contact information for the site is something like: [email protected] instead of [email protected], then
there’s most definitely something wrong.
Don’t be fooled into rush buying something that’s at a ridiculously low price. If a site is selling
an iPhone for £20, then it’s more than likely to be a ruse to lure you in and steal your money.
Ensure that you’re buying from a real website. Fake sites are remarkably easy to create by the clever hacker and are
designed to steal your transactions. Bewary of sites other than the big names.While smaller online shops are fine, just
look into the type of security it’s using and do some research before purchasing.
Remember to loadup the online shop using HTTPS instead of HTTP. This will ensure that the transactions and data
sent between you and it are encrypted to the highest possible levels. If possible, use a browser add-on such as
Tempting as it may be, don’t use a public Wi-Fi access point to conduct any online shopping. For one, you could be attached
to an Evil Twin Wi-Fi point, where the hacker is filtering all information through their system and two, all your data can be
intercepted and potentially read.
Invest in one of the many third-party antivirus and malware suites, such as Bitdefender.These programs also offer extra security
when shopping online and can help prevent any hacking or data interception from happening whilst the transactions
are in progress. They can also check the site you’re buying from, too.
Always keep an eye on your bank account and the transactions that go on after you’ve conducted online shopping.
This will help you get an idea of what’s going on and should something suddenly crop up that looks suspicious,
then you’re able to inform your bank before too much damage is done
Use a strong and unique password forall your shopping sites.Occasionally, although not often, websites can be
hacked and the database of users is leaked. If your password is strong enough, it will stand up to any
If possible, always use an online shop’s dedicated app rather than the standard website. Websites can be
compromised, however apps from iTunes and the Windows Store, for example, can’t be altered by a third-party.
If possible use PayPal or a Credit Card as opposed to a Debit Card. Credit cards have an extra layer of protection and
legal standing than that of a debit card; PayPal features many protection elements with in its accounts too.