SHOPPING ONLINE – HERE ARE SOME TIPS

We all appear to shop online now but some people still fall for fraudulent sites or do the wrong thing so here are some tips.

Only Shop on Sites Using HTTPS when you go to their website

Only shop with sites that use HTTPS encryption , look for the padlock in the address bar. If the site is using HTTP, ( no S or padlock ) you should not be using it to buy anything or enter personal details.Anything transferred over the connection, including payment details and passwords, is unencrypted, meaning that it can be read by anyone with some basic cybercrime know-how.

When you connect to a site that uses HTTPS this ensures that all transmitted data is encrypted and that would-mean criminals can’t eavesdrop on your data.

No S – No Padlock – No Shop – No Bank

Look at who you are shopping with

Look for the telltale signs of a dodgy site:

If a site looks like it was thrown together quickly, lets not enter our credit card details.

Look at the spelling grammar on the site, reputable sites put a great amount of effort and resources into the content of the site. 

Weird Business Names, URLs, or Emails, be careful

Contact Details: Ecommerce sites always provide a way to get in touch. If the website doesn’t provide a way to talk to support, that probably means their could be an issue—and even if it is legitimate, you don’t want to deal with a company that doesn’t provide decent support.

Remember to google the business you are buying from , look at reviews and enter the company name and then issues , problems.

Do your research before parting with your money.

Author: Adelaide Techguy

Richard Pascoe is a technology consultant & technology commentator for the media on FIVEaa , ABC Adelaide , PowerFM , 5MU , 7AD and 7BU and has been seen on the Channel 7 news , Channel 9 News , Channel 10 news and Today Tonight . Richard gives his opinions on Microsoft , Google , Apple and deals with personal computers , smartphones and tablets.

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