The rewards of having the opportunity to shop from your bedroom are extensive. It is less time consuming, easy and convenient. But as we all know, the Internet can be a dangerous place and online shoppers have come across a few online threats because they were unaware or paid little attention to these practices listed below.
1. Get to know your seller
If you are attempting to make your first purchase from an unfamiliar retailer online, it is best to conduct your own personal research on this company. Take note of their emails, contact number, address or any other form of contact details just incase there is a problem with your order. Reading up on reviews can help distinguish legitimate stores to scams.
2. Have a strong password
Create a unique password that utilizes uppercase alphabets, lowercase alphabets, numbers and symbols. Strong passwords reduce the risk of hackers cracking your code and stealing the information you have saved in a particular online store.
3. Use safe payment options
Using a credit card is much safer than paying through debit. This is because credit card holders are allowed to seek credit from the issuer if the product isn’t what was ordered or if the product was not delivered. Credit cards also have a spending limit and with every big transaction, the owner will be notified through a mobile message alert.
4. Save a copy of your order
Online retailers would send their customers a confirmation email. This email would include the list of items you have paid for and a confirmation number. It is good to keep a documentation of every online purchase you make until you have received your items.
5. Be wary of emails requesting information
Legitimate businesses will never ask for personal information through emails. These emails could be hackers trying to steal your information. Be cautious when you receive emails that ask for confirmation of purchase or any information that you’ve already given during checkout. If the email shows signs of mass distribution and it is not a newsletter you’ve signed up for, the best option would be to ignore it or check with company through the email or telephone number displayed on their site.
6. Know when deals are ‘too good to be true’
Some websites can be very deceitful from their product photos to the product prices. It is important to trust your instinct and know when to walk away from a ‘too good to be true’ deal that just doesn’t add up.