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.
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:
Buying online should be fun, not troublesome. Be aware, be cyber safe.