Criminals have now spread to online sales so you have to be careful when shopping online. The following are tips to make your online shopping experience safe.
1. Research the website where you shop
These tips should be done if you shop online on a website that you are not familiar with. Check the seller’s phone number and contact them.
If it’s not convincing, visit the Google or Yahoo search engine then enter the name of the website. Look for reviews from their customers. If something goes wrong, just leave the website.
2. Read carefully the website policy on your personal data
There should be no policy points that state that the website manager may provide personal data to other parties.
Also read the items refund policy. Because the items purchased cannot be seen physically, there must be a guarantee that if the goods sent are defective, you may send the defective item back and of course replaced with new items or your money back.
Please also check who pays the return of the goods.
3. Check the package of goods by reading the product description carefully
Suspect on branded goods that are sold at very large discounts.
4. Don’t be easily tempted by cheap items
Do not rush to fall in love with the offer of goods at cheap prices that come via e-mail, especially those who clearly ask for an ID and password. That’s usually the work of spammers.
But be careful, spammers can also seduce. He sent e-mails that seemed to come from an established company. It’s best to visit the company’s website and go shopping right away. Don’t do it via e-mail or pop-up windows.
5. Look for signs that the website is safe
The sign is usually a padlock in the browser status bar. Before entering personal information, check that the sign is there.
When you are asked to enter registration information for a credit card number, see the website address. Website addresses should change from http to ‘shttp’ or ‘https’. This means that payment information is encrypted, safer.
6. Secure your PC
At a minimum your PC must have an antivirus. Even better if you have anti spyware and a firewall. Remember, the security software must be updated regularly so that the PC is protected from the latest threats. Just set the update process automatically.
Payments are usually made by credit card. With a credit card, you have strong evidence that you have made a transaction if the item is not delivered or not according to the order.
But, because of the many thefts of credit card numbers, payments using a system such as PayPal, Bank Transfer, or Cash On Delivery (COD) may be considered.
8. Check the total price
The price of the item, plus the cost of packaging, plus shipping costs, hopefully there is a discount. Compare the total price of a website with another website.
9. Save proof of your transaction
Includes product descriptions and prices, digital receipts, and also a copy of the e-mail between you and the seller.
10. Turn off your PC after the transaction
If the PC is turned on continuously, there could be thieves who have implanted malware, then take control of the PC and make transactions.
Shopping online has become a common thing in modern society, even with a smartphone you can shop for any item in all online stores. There are many online stores that exist today but not all of them are safe for you.
You must always be careful when you want to do transactions online, look for a truly safe and convincing.