Tips to Increase Security While Online Shopping

by Edwin Rosenthal

Online shopping provides many benefits like, it saves time, money and is more convenient than the traditional shopping. Although it has many advantages there is a high possibility of internet fraud. Therefore, to make the shopping more secure, here are the tips:

Know About The Online Seller:
Before purchasing any product from the online seller, the customer must know about the online seller’s physical address, phone numbers and other details, because any one can start an online shop. The customers should be careful in giving off their financial information, as legitimate companies don’t ask for this information via email.

Know exactly About The Products To Be Purchased:
Read the seller’s description of the product especially the fine print. Words like refurbished, vintage, or close out, may indicate that the product is in less-than-mint condition.

Keep The Password Secret:
Some online stores may require user name and the password before buying. Online shopping involves use of credit and the debit cards, so the customers should keep their passwords secret.

Look For Signs of Security:
Identify security clues such as a lock image at the bottom of your browser or a URL that begins with https://. These signs indicate that only the customer and the merchant can view the payment information.

Do Not Send Payment Information Via Email:
The information sent through the emails is not secured and make a note that many reputed merchant sites use encryption technologies that will protect private data from being accessed by others when there is an Online transaction.

Check out the terms of the deal:
A Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rule says that the sellers should ship items as promised or within 30 days after the order date, if no specific date is promised. Customers should know about the terms and conditions of the refund if they are not satisfied.

Check the privacy policy:
It is the duty of the customers to know what personal information the web sites are collecting and why and how they are using the information.
One has to take adequate security measures to prevent internet fraud, which otherwise may lead to a bad shopping experience.


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