Security measures to consider while shopping online

INTRODUCTION

Online shopping is the most convenient way of shopping. You can shop for different brands at reasonable prices from online shops. You can shop from the comfort of your home, and the products will be delivered at your doorsteps. With these fantastic advantages of online shopping, there are some disadvantages too. One of which is its security. Online shopping is not fully secured. Its security is concerned for both the retailers and the shoppers. To avoid these scams, we need some reasonable security measures for online shopping. We have to implement some security measures to do safe online shopping.

There are several ways to improve the security of your online shopping:

  1. Use secure shopping websites

Always use secure as well as trusted websites for shopping online. If you shop from an unknown website, then there is a chance of significant loss for you and your money. Sometimes cybercriminals fake their malicious code as shopping websites to get unauthorized access to your device. So try to avoid untrustworthy shopping websites which don’t have HTTP or .com in their URL. Always try to use reputed and authentic shopping websites such as Amazon, Flipkart, eBay etc. Use websites that have reputable and unbroken languages in their site information.

  1. Use a secure connection during online shopping

During online shopping always use a secure internet connection because you share your financial details. It can be stolen by cybercriminals if the internet connection is not secure. Ensure that you don’t make online payment while using public Wi-Fi because it is not safe. Be aware while using wireless connection during online shopping. If you are using a wireless connection, make sure it is encrypted so no one can steal your information.

  1. Don’t save your card details on any online shopping sites

We often save our card details in the payment option to be easy for further shopping. This can be dangerous for your financial conditions. Hackers and cybercriminals can quickly get access to these shopping websites and also get your financial details. It is good to spend some more time filling in the card details every time you shop online. This is a secure way to do online shopping while using card details.

  1. Set unique and strong password 

Setting a strong password is the primary security measure that everyone should have followed. For online shopping websites, you should also use strong passwords. Each online shopping website should have a different and unique password. Usually, people set the same password for all of their online shopping websites accounts. This could be dangerous as shopping websites have our details. We should select unique and strong passwords for various shopping websites. Avoid using the same passwords for different shopping website accounts.

  1. Don’t go for the deals which is ‘too good to be true.’

Often we find such deals which are unbelievable. You can spot these deals like social media ads on Facebook and Instagram. These deals appear as pop-up ads. You should be aware of these pop-up ads as they can be malicious code or social media scams. Usually, these ads are the tricks of hackers for money. So if you saw these unbelievable deals from an unknown seller, then you should report those ads. You should not fall for these tricks. Always compare prices before you buy, often low price deals are scams.

  1. Don’t overshare your personal information on shopping websites

Sometimes some websites demand your Social Security number and access to your accounts for business purposes. But there is no need for these details while shopping with online websites. If some websites demand these details, you should report complaints against these websites. These websites are the scammers of social media. Always make sure that you don’t have to share unnecessary personal information with these websites.

  1. Download your shopping website application from the safe place

You must use trusted websites for your online shopping. But it is also essential from where you are downloading these shopping applications. Make sure you download these applications from their official website or the app store of your device. It must be a safe application if it is downloaded from your phone’s app store. This security measure is essential for all the applications you download on your device.

  1. Mobile payments are safer than card payments

We have several options for mobile payments such as Google pay, Paytm, Apple Pay etc. These are proven more secure payments than card payments in online shopping websites as these mobile payments generate a one-time password for authentication of every payment. This one-time authentication process is the safest process for online shopping websites. You should consider these mobile payments over card payments. Avoid using card payments anywhere, either online or offline.

  1. Avoid Phishing Emails

Phishing emails are the easiest way for cyber criminals to hack your device. It is necessary not to click or open any phishing emails. These days phishing emails come with a fake offer for those products which you are searching online. Cybercriminals keep their eyes on your activities and send you phishing emails regarding your needs. They make you make impulsive decisions at the moment. But you should be aware of these emails. Report these emails and think before you click on any phishing emails.

  1. Avoid using debit card payments

Debit card payments are less secure than other payment options like credit card and mobile payments. It can be dangerous using a debit card for your payments on online shopping websites. Credit cards have some extra security as compared to debit cards. Mobile payments are the most secure option for payments in online shopping websites. So it is good to avoid using debit card payments during online shopping. Everyone can consider this security measure as a secure payment option.

Conclusion

Safety is a more concerning topic among all of us. Shopping also needs some security, either online or offline. Scammers target online shopping as it is the easiest way to manipulate anyone. So online shopping needs some reasonable security measures. Here we have listed some of the security measures that everyone can consider. Always use two-factor authorization while using online shopping websites.

 

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