Last update: 23/12/2022

Online shopping is on the rise. Whether it’s groceries, clothing, toys or electronics, many of us have indulged in the joys of online shopping. Regardless of whether you are a regular online shopper or not, here are some tips before you make that purchase:

Make sure the retailer is legitimate

Do your research. Make sure the online shop you are visiting is the real and legitimate. 

  • If you have never purchased there before do a quick search to see what types of reviews it gets online. 

  • If it’s an established retailer, always check the web address to make sure it’s the right one. This is particularly important if you are following a link sent to you via email, text or instant message. 

  • When sharing sensitive information on any website, including payment information, avoid http:// sites and stick to https://. 

Making secure payments 

Typically, retailers will offer the possibility to pay by either credit or debit card. In some cases, you may have many other options including, bank transfer, PayPal, ApplePay, GooglePay, AmazonPay to name a few. Make sure you familiarise yourself with the different payment types available and the protections they offer. When paying by card, retailers that offer payment authentication services (e.g. Verified by Visa or MasterCard Secure) add an additional layer of security. 

Use your cyber instincts

Just because it’s online doesn’t mean you should ignore your instincts or some basic cyber tips: 

Online shopping should be fun. Download and share this practical infographic with some simple steps to make your online purchases more secure. 

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