The Internet has done great things for humanity, among them providing the total convenience of online shopping. But as with anything else in this world, this convenience isn’t risk-free, and it is your responsibility as a shopping to protect yourself. Not that you need a whole manual for this. Truth is, it’s easy as 123.
Below are five things to remember just before you click on Buy:
1. Use a payment service if available.
Credit and debit cards are very handy, but you’ll probably be safer using a payment service such as Paypal, Google Pay, Stripe, etc. Because those cards are linked to your bank account, you’ll be at much higher risk if hackers get to your information. On the other hand, your credit card number gets stolen, you will get more protection and less liability. This is one time you’ll do better putting it on plastic.
2. Stick to secure e-sellers.
Before you type in your personal or financial information, see if the website is even legit and secure. The easiest thing you can do is check if there’s an “https” before the e-store’s address on the address bar. The “s” tells you that all information you provide as part of the purchase process will be encrypted before it travels the Internet. If you only see “http,” don’t gamble.
3. Let your software update.
Among the easiest ways to stay safe while web shopping is to allow that software update when your vendor is prompting for one. Because there are new security threats surfacing everyday, it’s important that your software is updated regularly so it remains effective for its purpose. You may find it too inconvenient having to wait for the update process to end, but this is nothing compared to benefits you will get.
4.Be extremely careful when clicking links.
On top of those sneaky emails, links to offers that sound too good to be real should never be clicked. If something has really piqued your interest, research about it first before deciding whether to actually click the link or not.
5.Use stronger passwords.
You hear this advice practically everywhere for a reason: it’s really important. If you want to maintain privacy for your private information, unique passwords do the trick. If you use a single password multiple sites, it’s time to change every one of them. There are password generators you can use to come up with long alphanumeric passwords that will be too much for hackers to crack.
Without a doubt, online shopping is one of the most important benefits that technology has ever given us. But this is something that we need to learn to enjoy with a sense of responsibility, if only for our protection.