Safe Online Shopping: 10 Tips to Avoid Getting Burned

You need to buy gifts for the holiday season and you have to purchase them quickly. You can often brave the madness of looking at your local mall or kick back in the home and buy all your gifts online. Doing your holiday shopping online can be quite a great way to save time while you find the right gifts at the best price. You’ll miss the parking lot wars, avoid getting the flu from your fellow buyers, and remain out of pick-pockets’ crosshairs. But though it may be easy and convenient to shop in your pajamas, you still need to take precautions to ensure your electronic digital ‘purse strings’ are safe and secure. Here are some simple strategies for safe online shopping: عینک

Secure your computer. Ensure that your home computer has updated security application installed, and run regular technique check to help keep hackers’ keylogging viruses away.

ONLY shop from your home. Don’t do your online shopping from the neighborhood caf�, the airport or various other public places. These open systems are easier targets for identity thieves to hack into your computer. Only shop from your secured home network.

Click carefully. Your favorite store just sent you a great voucher! But wait! Before you select email links, be sure of where they lead. Scam emails can look similar to the real ones from your own favorite stores, with links that appear to take one to legitimate sites. But hover over the link and you may see a different web address – this could be a fake site, made to gather your credit card facts for fraud. Your safest wager would be to manually navigate to your favorite retailer’s website.

Know thy merchant. One of best elements of online shopping is quickly comparing prices to find a great deal. You might find the gift you want for half the price – but make sure the merchant is dependable and trustworthy. In the event that you haven’t done company with a merchant before, search for online reviews. Applying aggregators like Amazon.com and Yahoo Purchasing is another good way to be sure your merchant doesn’t have you for a fraudulent sleigh trip.

Lock down your site. Once you visit a retailer’s website, search for “https” at the beginning of the URL. This “s” – along with a small gold lock in the lower-right corner of one’s browser – indicates an extra level of security for your online shopping.

Log out. Always logout securely when leaving a website.

Check if your payment specifics are stored. Some online browsing sites ask in order to store your payment facts for future purchases. It certainly is handy to have your information stored, especially if you use that site often. But, watch out for this on lesser-known websites.

Compare ‘real’ prices. Ensure you know how much you can be charged for shipping, and if you can find any taxes or fees that’ll be added to your online purchase. These ‘extras’ can truly add up quickly, so be sure you include them when comparison shopping. Many retailers offer free shipping around the holidays, among others allow free in-store pick-up of your online purchases – easy ways to add extra savings to your holiday shopping.

Know the Return Policy. Browse the merchant’s return policy before making your purchase. Among the downsides of online shopping may be the inability to ‘try it on’ or see the item before purchasing, so ensure that your merchant offers you a good way to return/refund your purchase if it’s not what you expected.

Author: Jackie Ross