Online shopping safety tips

These are some really simple ways to shop safely online you can use every day:

  1. Research sellers online to make sure they’re legitimate. Unfortunately, we do not have a possibility to check all sellers so be careful.
    Think before you click: Beware of ads encouraging users to click on links. If you receive an enticing offer, do not click on the link. Instead, go directly to the company’s website to verify the offer is legitimate.
  2. Make sure the website is secure. Look above the headline and you will see that our website is secure and has a padlock in the address bar next to the website address which starts with https://. The S stands for secure

    But remember, this only means the site is secure, not that the seller is honest.
    Also, on certain browsers and websites, the address bar will turn green.
    Do not forget the validity of a certificate – If you click the padlock symbol or just to the left of the address bar, you should see information on the site certificate. This should tell you who has registered the site. If you get a warning about a certificate, avoid the website because there are pharming scams, where fraudsters attack the website you are trying to use.

    It will appear as if you’ve gone to the correct website, but it’s a fake version designed to steal your information. Be on the lookout for strange looking web addresses with a selection of numbers or a different spelling.
    Our website always has the same address
    Please do not use any other websites with the same looking design and a similar name.

  3. Keep software and virus protection up-to-date and use strong passwords for online accounts.

    Make sure your software and anti-virus protection is up-to-date. Updates often contain changes that help protect you and your devices from scammers and online criminals.
    Always choose strong passwords for your online accounts, using a combination of upper case, lower case, number, and special characters. Using a phrase or sentence is good practice.

  4. Don’t use public Wi-Fi. Your standard data connection is more secure.

    Make sure the internet connection you are using is secure. Don’t use public Wi-Fi in coffee shops, shopping centers, and other places to shop online, use internet banking, or anything else requiring you to send personal information.

    This is because public Wi-Fi is often insecure, which means any information you send while connected to these networks can be accessed by fraudsters. Even your ordinary mobile data is more secure than public Wi-Fi.

  5. Check the Seller’s way of payment.
    Be cautious if an online seller will only accept a money transfer. Most legitimate sellers/stores will accept more than one form of payment.

  6. Beware of deals or opportunities that seem too-good-to-be-true. For example, buying an expensive product at a cheap price, etc.

  7. Be smart.