While many people think nothing of shopping online, most are not fully aware of the risks.
You want your purchases to arrive on time, for the quality to be what you expect, for a proper warranty and the choice to return the goods you’re unhappy with.
These handy tips may prove useful for your next online shopping spree.
1. Make your devices secure
When it comes to making online purchases using an app, always ensure that you have the latest version installed so your device protection is up-to-date.
Some malware (malicious software) is so complex it can detect when you’re credentials are being keyed-in and steal the information.
Always ensure all electronic devices have some sort of malware protection and much like your browser, always ensure it is updated.
While malware is designed for computers and laptops, it can affect Android phone users when an app is downloaded from outside the Google Play store.
2. Check the site
Once your electronic devices are secure, and you discover a great shopping site with amazing deals, how do you determine if it’s safe and can be trusted?
If you’re shopping at a new site you’re not entirely familiar with, conduct a quick Google search of their name and read the reviews about it.
While you want a great bargain, if the deal sounds too good to be true, double up your search to ensure it’s not a scam.
3. Shop safely
Once you’ve found an item you want to purchase, check the fine print to ensure you get the most out of your purchase and are not saddled with unexpected charges.
Review the return policies before making a purchase, especially if it’s a big-ticket item. Don’t miss out on reviewing the warranties and returns as well. This is important if you’re purchasing electronic gadgets.
Always check if the warranty covers international use and if there are local sites that provide repair services for the product you’re purchasing.
There is nothing quite as frustrating as searching for the best item, only to find that the site does not ship to your country or the shipping cost is too high.
Always look at shipping prices and compare them with other online shopping concierges. Expanding your search can provide you with better shipping rates as well as shipping items that might only be available in certain countries.
4. Make the online payment on a secure site
If you plan to use your credit card, your web pages should always be Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) – encrypted.
This system protects data being transferred. Look for the small padlock symbol to the left of your address bar and ensure that the URL reads “https://” instead of just “http://.”
No credible merchant will ever ask you to share your credit card number by email. If the merchant accepts non-US issued credit cards, you will only be required to provide your credit card details when you make a payment on the merchant website.
This article first appeared in jobstore.com
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