Almost everyone shops online nowadays. Online shopping is fast, convenient, and easy. You can shop from the comfort of your own home and have items delivered to your doorstep. Online shopping offers a wide selection as there are thousands of online stores selling different products and services. For instance, if you’re shopping for blinds, you can compare prices in different websites to get the best deal. If you want to make the most out of online shopping, it is important to take a few precautions. Here are some important tips to keep in mind:
1) Verify The Website
Some links on search engine result pages are fraudulent sites that may misuse your personal information. Go directly to the retailer’s site or use price-comparison sites like Pricegrabber.com or Amazon.com to find reliable companies. Also look for security labels like Cybertrust or VeriSign on sites you consider to be legitimate. Some hackers use names that resemble those of established retailers to obtain your financial information. Check whether pages that ask for your personal information have https:// in their URLs as this shows they are reliable. Avoid domain extensions such as .cn, .cc, and .ru as these are often used by fraudulent dealers as opposed to .com. Avoid sites with pop-up warnings and those that don’t list contact phone numbers. Verify a website’s authenticity by checking with sites that have a list of fraudulent sites like RipoffReport.com.
2) Shop At Home
Don’t shop online using a public connection. Hackers can steal your personal information by tapping into wireless connections at hotspots like airports, hotels, bookstores, and coffee shops. Businesses with Wi-Fi connections rarely control or monitor access. Shared computers found at such places can have keystroke loggers or spyware installed which give your credit card information to hackers. If you can’t avoid using a public computer, scan it with antivirus software first.
3) Pay With a Credit Card and Check Your Statement Regularly
Never pay for online purchases with a debit card. Pay with a credit card instead as you are protected by the law against undelivered goods or fraud. Also review your statements regularly to make sure there aren’t any discrepancies or unauthorized purchases. Make sure you organize your receipts well so that you can check your statements against them. If you have many credit cards, use only one for online purchases and this way you’ll be sure to notice any discrepancy.
4) Don’t Fall For Bogus Bargains
If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. Don’t fall for amazingly-cheap prices or fantastic deals. Don’t click on unsolicited emails that invite you to shop even if they’re from a well known retailer. Just go to the retailer’s site directly to check the deal. In case you don’t know the company, look for it on Better Business Bureau, Angie’s List, or Yelp. Verify deals you see on networking sites by carrying out your own searches.
5) Update Your Antivirus Software Regularly
By updating your antivirus software regularly, you reduce the risk of acquiring malware from unreliable sites. There are also tools you can install in your computer to prevent fraudulent sites from gaining access to your personal information.
Taking these precautions will help you to have a pleasant shopping experience online whether you’re shopping for blinds or furniture.
Darren is a passionate blogger and works as a seller of cafe blinds online.