Security Tips for Online Shopping

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Security Tips for Online Shopping Photo by Shivangi Gupta

Out of the several things that Internet changed in the last decade, one is the traditional ways of shopping with the introduction of online shopping stores. Still, a major portion of population is afraid to shop over internet due to the frauds and scams and prefer the traditional way. One has to be aware and follow the safety tips & guidelines while shopping online as described here.

Website: One should choose to shop from a well reputed site rather than going for a newly launched or an unknown website. This is because of the high security provided by the well reputed sites and better customer care support for clients’ assistance.

While doing online purchase, one must consider the reviews and comments given about the product by the certified customers only but should not follow them blindly. 

Cards: While choosing in between a debit card and a credit card, one should go for a credit card. This is because the credit card companies can cancel a transaction even after its completion within a time limit and they provide a better security. On the other hand, when a person uses a debit card, money gets transferred immediately as soon as the transaction takes place. Moreover, instead of using several cards for shopping, it is recommended to use a single as it will be helpful not only in tracking the transactions but in ease of checking the account statements.

Web Browsers: Opening a new browser for a transaction and closing it immediately after completion of the transaction is recommended. Even for surfing purpose, one should not use the same browser while transacting or without re-opening it, as the browsers save information from the websites called as “cookies” that may contain account information.
Usage of good malware protection software enhances the security and one should update it regularly to detect the latest malware.

General Guidelines: One should properly check the specifications of the commodity he/she is ordering before buying it. Besides, for completely secured transactions, one should use a personal computer instead of a public one as it may contain malware which can save account details. Noting down the details of a transaction, such as transaction ID, shipment details, time, etc. also help in future refer

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