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Sunday, 31 December 2017

How to protect yourself when shopping online

Secure online shopping

Online shopping certainly has its perks.You save petrol, time and above all, it's convenient. However, shopping online is not always a bed of roses. There's always a risk that you might fall prey to scammers, hackers and people who might trick you into buying things that you don't even want!

In this article I'm going to go over a couple of basic measures you can take in order to protect yourself from getting scammed, hacked or tricked when you're shopping online.

For starters, always purchase goods from websites that have a physical location that you can realistically reach if necessary. Say if I'm ordering a mobile phone, I'd prefer to buy one from a company that displays the address of its physical outlet on its website. Just to ensure that this location is not phony, Go ahead and do a little Google search to find out if such a place does exist on the map.

The next thing you must do is a short background check on the vendor. Every business has a social media page. Look for pages belonging to that vendor and read comments/ratings posted by their previous customers. Keep in mind that some comments may be incorrect but if there is a trend of unpleasant remarks, you may want to reconsider your decision of making a purchase with the vendor.

Another simple check you can perform is a quick analysis of the website or platform you're using to make a purchase. If you see broken content on the website, dis-oriented images, broken links, then that usually indicates that the website has not been made with a lot of care. Purchases made from such platforms may easily fall prey to interception by hackers. Since you're giving your personal details to that website, this also puts your information at stake.

The last thing you can do to ensure the safety of your online transaction is to call the online shopping company's helpline before placing an order. The quality of the conversation you have with their representative can give you a clear idea whether or not you should trust them with your purchase.

That pretty much sums up all the precautionary measures you should take when shopping online. Share this article with those in your circle to spread awareness!

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