Online Shopping has made our life much simpler, we can buy any stuff right from our home and without much difficulty. But you should also realize that cyber criminals are watching us keenly and we should not become prey for them. Since we are mostly using our credit cards and debit cards to shop online, we should also consider their safely.
So in order to avoid that you need to make sure you following things:
- Start at a trusted site rather than shopping with a search engine. Search results can be rigged to lead you astray, especially when you drift past the first few pages of links.
- Never ever, ever buy anything online using your credit card from a site that doesn’t have SSL (secure sockets layer) encryption installed—at the very least. You’ll know if the site has SSL because the URL for the site will start with HTTPS:// (instead of just HTTP://).
- Also check twice whether the URL displayed in the address bar is correct or not. Cyber criminals have use some redirect tactic to display phishing site.
- You need to protect against malware with regular updates to your anti-virus program.
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