Online shopping safety tips

Many of us have started doing more of our day-to-day activities online to social distance and stay safe. Not only is online shopping safe, but it’s also easy because you can access your favorite online store on your digital device. Plus, online retailers typically use security tools like SSL certificates to protect your information against external threats, like hackers. Nevertheless, it’s always a good idea to brush up on your cybersecurity skills.

Stay safe with our online shopping tips

It's a good idea to review your online shopping habits from time-to-time, to ensure that you shop in the safest way possible. Below are a few tips that you can use when you shop online, to make sure that your online shopping experience stays pleasant and fruitful. In fact, you'll find these tips handy for online banking too.

  • Choose reputable websites and apps
    Shop with a well-known brand. If you happen to choose a new or lesser-known brand, then have a look at their website and social media channels for customer reviews or complaints. Reputable brands often go out of their way to make sure their customers receive the best service. 
  • Update the security features on your phone and laptop
    Make sure you install all security updates on your devices, such as your phone, laptop, and tablet. It's also a good idea to install updates on your shopping apps regularly, as these updates contain the latest security features.
  • Use a strong password
    This goes without saying, but make sure you create a strong password. Remember, strong passwords consist of upper and lower case letters, symbols, and numbers. You can use an online password generator if you can't think of a secure password, but make sure that you don’t forget your password.

  • Don't save your information on apps and websites
    Avoid saving your username and passwords on your apps and online shopping profiles. The same goes for your credit card details.

  • Check your credit report regularly
    A good way to pick up on suspicious activity on your bank account is to check your credit report regularly. A red flag that you should look for is if your credit score drops dramatically, but you have no or little debt. This happens when your credit card or online banking profile has been compromised by hackers, who begin spending money from your account without your authorization.

 

Checking out…

Online shopping can be so much fun — just remember to be alert and cautious. If you are new to shopping online, you can try out the tips that we've shared.

 

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