Trust you found the first 5 tips on safe & secure online shopping resourceful. Here’re the next set of tips, which implemented properly would certainly help you beat Internet fraudsters and tricksters.
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6. Payment system: Beware of sites which ask you to make ONLY wire transfers. Most reputed e-tailer’s would never do that. Fraudulent sites would entice you to make wire transfers in lieu of hefty discounts or lure you with complimentary gifts. Please do not fall for such traps. Genuine sellers in all likelihood sport transparent payment gateways.
7. Avoid public PC’s / Networks / Wi-Fi: For ultra safety best make purchases using your home or office network, PC ( includes laptop and other devices ). Do not make transactions over free Wi-Fi networks or some shady Internet cafe. There could be hidden traps to rob your credit card information. So, watch out.
8. Consider Virtual Credit Cards, payment services: Many Banks offer virtual credit cards, you can make use of them to avoid exposing your actual CC details. You can also consider online payment platforms such as PayPal, they are in the business of providing safe and secured online transactions for ages.
9. Do Not Tell All
No online shopping store ( barring travel sites ) needs your Passport number or your Aadhar Id number to do business. However, if fraudsters get them, along with your credit card number, they can do a lot more damage then one could imagine. Most genuine websites would ask for your contact details ONLY, once you fill that it would guide you to a payment system which is protected. Remember, the more personal information the website is trying to garner the higher the risk and lot easier it is to steal your identity. Wherever possible, give the least amount of information.
10. Install an Anti-Virus or Anti-Malware
Just like charity begins at home so does safety. Please make sure you install an Anti-Virus or Anti-Malware software. Fraudsters have gotten smarter, they understand it is easy to trap innocent buyers directly from their PC/Laptop than lay traps in form of a fake website. So, make sure you’re using a branded and latest Anti-Virus program. It costs some money but a worthy investment against hazardous attacks intended to steal your identity.
When you understand the potential pitfalls involved with online shopping and have implemented the suggestions above to avoid falling prey, shopping online can be a safe and rewarding experience.
If you want to add more tips & suggestions for safe online shopping, feel free to add them in the comments section. Happy Shopping!!!