Top Safety Tips for Shopping Online for Gifts
The festive season is underway! Many of us will be buying gifts for our loved ones to celebrate the season. If the thought of busy shopping malls and endless checkout queues makes you shudder, you may opt to do your holiday shopping online. It’s convenient, there’s less hassle, and there are some great deals to be found. Unfortunately, this is also the season when scammers target unsuspecting online shoppers who are eager to snap up holiday bargains. To help protect your pocket, take a look at these online shopping safety tips.
- Buy from reputable and trusted stores
Now is not the time to buy from new sites that you aren’t familiar with. Try and purchase from trusted or well-established online stores or marketplaces. Some scammers take the time to build websites that look like the real deal. Make sure to read online reviews and check out a seller’s business credentials. Remember that if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.
- Pay securely
Make sure you’re using a secure payment method at the checkout to ensure that the information between you and the website is encrypted and cannot be intercepted. You can tell that you’re paying securely by looking for the padlock icon in the address bar followed by ‘https’ rather than ‘http’. The ‘s’ is for security.
- Watch out for phishing emails
During the holidays, phishing emails come in thick and fast. Watch out for malicious emails as they can look legitimate and seem as if they’re from your bank, online store, or even government agency. The fake email might have a link or attachment – do not click on them or download anything. Instead, go to the business’s website in your browser and log into your account to verify everything is in order.