7 Safe Shopping Online Tips

7 Safe Shopping Online Tips

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There’s every reason in the world to shop online. The bargains are there. The selection is mind-boggling. The shopping is secure and the shipping is fast. Even returns are easy, with the right e-tailers.

Shopping has never been easier or more convenient for consumers. But there are safety tips you need to know before jumping into online shopping and i am here to guard you, read on.

Shopping online has many benefits that you don’t find in the market or in the next-door store. Online stores are open 24/7, so you can research your purchases thoroughly, and you can also compare prices from store to store without leaving your comfort zone.

There are no queues; there is lots of choice, and often great low prices. Some stores even offer special deals on shipping and kind return policies like Prinkipas to make everything even easier for you.

As you’re hunting around in search of bargains online, a number of scams, tricks, and general dangers lie in wait for the unwary shopper. Fear not, though, as we’re here to explain how to safely shop online via our 7 (Seven) Safe Shopping Online Tips so read on.

Look for the Padlock or “ https:// ”

Before shopping on any website of your choice, look out for a small image of a closed padlock or an unbroken key which normally should appear in the bottom or top window frame of your browser, letting you know your personal information will be encrypted (secured) via a Secure Sockets Layers (SSL).

If you don’t see either of these icons or if you see an open padlock or a broken key, it means your online shopping session is not being encrypted (unsecured), and you may be taking a big risk. Another way to check if a website is secure is to look at the address, if it starts with “https://” it is probably safe.

Use Payment On Delivery Option.

Paying for items on delivery is the safest payment option ever! Paying for items using payment on delivery option is much available these days in many online stores and websites in Nigeria and around the world including Prinkipas, and is actually even more secure than using your credit or debit card.

Using payment on delivery option generates trust and rest of mind that you will see your order first before making payment, with this option no one can steal or use your credit or debit card online.

Apply Common Sense.

 I know that we all love to save money, but bad people know this all too well and use our frugality as a classic scam to make us part with our hard earned money. No doubt our inbox is overflowing with emails from some online shops offering deals and discounts for a variety of products.

Many of these will be genuine I must confess, but the general rule of thumb online – as in life – is that if something seems too good to be true, the chances are that’s probably the case.

You might see some awesome deals for shopping cheap products advertised on Facebook or by email. People you know might have shared these offers with you. Just be sure to check out the website and satisfy yourself that it is a genuine company in Nigeria or anywhere in the world using the steps given here.

Protect Your Computer.

Bad people don’t just sit around waiting for you to give them information; sometimes they send false emails to you with website links leading to an unsecured website.

You need to protect against malware and viruses with regular updates from an antivirus software on your computer or mobile phone. Also when your browser tells you a website is suspicious, be very wary and leave that website immediately and do not carry out any shopping there.

Keep Your Receipt Safe.

Sometimes we might get so excited after grabbing the coolest deals on an online sale that we forget to save the order copy or online order confirmation receipt. But what if the site doesn’t support your order once you have done the payment? How will you track your order then?

Hence, it’s always advisable to save a copy of your order receipt the moment it pops on the screen or the email receipt sent to your mailbox. With that you can apply for a refund if anything goes sideways after shopping.

Stay Away From Free WIFI.

Free Wi-Fi is a sweet pot for hackers and there are hundreds of them. So next time you are surfing in a mall or super market, avoid using public Wi-Fi for your online shopping.

Create a Strong Password.

Creating a strong password is more important when banking and shopping online, Even your perfect password isn’t perfect. You can use a password manager to create an uncrackable password for yourself when shopping online.

It will keep track of them and enter them, so you don’t have to think about it. It is also advisable to create passwords mixed with Numbers, Alphabets and Symbols with a minimum length of 16 – 30 character long. 

Conclusion.

Shopping online can be so exciting, especially when we see an interesting and cheap offer online but it is imperative to always apply the 7 Safe Shopping Online Tips given above to enable you shop safe and comfortably online without any issue in Nigeria and around the world.

Drop a comment below, if something is not clear or if you need more clarification about any of the points raised in this post.


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