Keep on Online Shopping
The online shopping phenomena goes from strength to strength. Far from the days of looking online at an updated type of catalogue, the virtual world can now absorb you into where it perceives you may want to go.
A mere suggestion of whatever it is that you may be looking to buy, and great search engines, who knows where in the world, leap into action ensuring you a range of availability that may seem to stretch into infinity.
There are more fail-safe security instalments and on the spot Facebooked opinions and Instagramed ideas, but scams, and cracks in online security that result in, well, however you describe it, theft, have not gone away.
Many, many online outlets have the most up to date and user friendly systems, with security foremost, and every aid to shopping, from full company info, order tracking or timed delivery, to an explanation of the returns policy, and their own blog.
Other retail sites, perhaps lacking as much integrity, continue to pop up, and the old adage still applies, “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is”.
Security online, whenever purchasing is an option, cannot be taken for granted. Wherever there is financial activity on line, there will generally be someone in the wings trying to steal a portion of it.
Make simple quick checks a matter of course, often it just needs a glance, for instance, just a quick look at the URL in the browser bar, http;/, or does it read https;/, the “s” is the all important bit.
The s stands for Secure Sockets Layer, which means that your details travel from you, encrypted and unreadable to anyone other than the intended receiver.
Other signs of site security are an image of an unbroken key, or closed padlock, also in the browser bar or at the bottom of the screen.
It doesn’t mean that without these measures, these sites intend harm, it just makes sense to proceed with caution and be very wart of what information you’re prepared to give.
Check the seller out as best you can if a search engine has pointed there, rather you having put in their address. If you get an email from a site where you have shopped before, don’t follow the links, and never give your card details over an email.
Keep your browser updated, where possible, as each new version will add a boost to security. Older browsers may become vulnerable to modern hackers, similarly, keeping up to date with virus software is another way of keeping one step ahead of potential trouble.