E-commerce: How to Stay Safe When You Spend

Ryan Thompson May 13, 2019 0

Given that you have headed online to read this article, we’re going to
assume you’re a fully-fledged member of the 21st century. Like
everyone else around you, you almost certainly spend a lot of time between
your computer, smartphone, and laptop, which means e-commerce is hardly a
novelty to you.  

In fact, the UK has the highest online retail sales of any country out
there, with 15.6
percent
 of shopping taking place over the Internet. Whether we
are in search of fast food or hoping to enjoy a brief flutter, we frequently
indulge in online transactions.

Here are three top tips for you to use the Internet in the safest and most
effective way!

Make sure you use
the right retailers 

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When you shop the traditional way, it is easy to tell whether you
are getting your money’s worth. You can see for yourself the item you are
buying and can even try it on before taking it home. When
purchasing online, however, this hands-on examination is
impossible, so – in order to receive a product you like – a couple of
extra considerations have to take its place. For instance, if you are buying
from a website you have not used before, you are best to check for any
previous customer feedback. Trustpilot is a very useful review tool, as are the
inbuilt systems provided by outfitters such as eBay and the iTunes
App Store.

For instance, the latter provides an overview of customers’ reviews of the
mobile casino app Mr
Green
. iTunes provides information regarding the overall rating of
the app – 4.2/5 in this instance – as well as the number of reviewers and
specific customer feedback. This way, a potential casino player can be
sure to be dealing with a reputable iGaming provider. To give you another
example: eBay offers reviews of sellers such as huayubay,
again showing an overall rating – 98.5% in this case – and the number of
positive, neutral, and negative customer experiences. Additionally, eBay lists
the number of sales, viewers, and followers. This allows customers to recognise
the seller as a trustworthy one.

Make sure the
website is secure 

When you are buying a product online, you will need to input your card
details, which means that using secure websites is of the utmost importance. To
find such a website, you should look out for the following four elements.
Firstly, secure sites should have a padlock symbol displayed in the address
bar, right next to the web address. Secondly, the URL should begin with
“https://” as opposed to a simple “http://”. Thirdly,
on some browsers, this bar will also be coloured in green, making the
website’s security status instantly discernible. Fourthly, clicking to the left
of this will display information about the site’s certificate, including
whether there are any warnings attached to it.

Make sure you use a
secure connection

Source: Pixabay

Another important safety point to all those doing their online shopping in
the coffee shop or local library: Public Wi-Fi can rarely be classified as
completely safe. So when you are next tempted to go on a spending spree, you
might consider waiting until you access your home Wi-Fi. An alternative would
be to use your mobile data. These two options make sure your details are
completely safe.

The number of online shoppers is steadily increasing and so is the number of
actions you can take to guarantee a pleasant e-commerce experience. With the
above-mentioned three tips, your online shopping will be done in
the safest and most effective way possible!

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