In recent years, more and more people have been using the internet as a convenient way to fill their shopping carts. With identity theft on the rise, it is important to use caution. Here are a few tips.
It is important to make sure that you are using a secure website
Secure websites allow you to transfer private information from your computer to the online merchant’s computer. The following items will indicate a connection to a secure online store.
- https:// The “S” at the end of http indicates the website is secure.
- A closed padlock at the bottom of your screen. If the padlock is open it is safe to assume it is not a secure site.
If the company you are dealing with is unfamiliar, investigate their authenticity. Conduct an internet search on their name. The results should provide negative and positive feedback on the site you are dealing with.
Use a credit card when shopping online
In the unfortunate case that your information is stolen, it is much easier to resolve fraudulent charges on a credit card.
If you are using a smart phone or a tablet to do your shopping, it is important to be careful about the applications you download. Be sure you know what types of access and permissions the app requires.
Public WiFi hotspots are more targeted
Public WiFi hotspots are more easily hacked. It is important to not make purchases at public hotspots or on public computers. Instead, do your online shopping at home.