Have you ever order something from Ebay or Amazon?
If you already did, then you’re well-aware of online shopping, right?
Online shopping has already taken over the world, or in computer terms, the Internet by storm. New online shopping sites are popping out every week or so, and some of them are giving huge discounts that an average consumer can’t just miss out.
The only problem about this is that some of these online shopping sites can take your identity, steal from you, or even rob your bank account.
Wait. What? Did you just said that they can do those horrible things to me?
Yes, I said that, and yes, they can really rob you and take everything from you.
It’s really simple actually. Once they get your personal information, they can easily take everything from you. Literally, everything.
To make matters worse, there’s a chance that you cannot even do anything about it once that unfortunate event happens.
The good thing is that you can still do something about it to prevent it. When I say something, I mean you can do A LOT about it.
To give you an idea of things you can do, here are some simple ways that you should practice whenever you shop online that can help protect your identity and your belongings:
Tips For You To Be Safe When Online Shopping
- Use strong passwords, and avoid using the same old password all the time
- Of course, you shouldn’t share your password to anyone, even to those people you know
- Change your password every once in a while for added protection
- Get yourself a Google Mail Account—GMail accounts are more secured with their 2-step verification method, and are easier to use
- When entering your credit card number make sure the website you are in is secured, you can easily know if the site is secured when the link on the address bar is https://site.com and not http://site.com
- Don’t give your personal information to anyone, unless you are assured that your information is safe and is not given to any third-party
- If you’re paying something online, avoid using your debit/credit card first hand, try to enroll it to PayPal first, and then use PayPal whenever you need to pay online
- Search for reviews about the website that you are buying from, unhappy customers are always looking to share their experience
- When something comes to you and you think that it’s too good to be true the first time you see or read it, then it really is too good to be true
Now, let me answer your question.
Is online shopping safe?
It really depends on the things that you do. If you happen to do most of the things that I said above, then online shopping can be both fun and safe experience on your part.
Keeping your identity and belonging safe online is not that hard of a task if you know what to do and what not to do whenever you’re using the Internet, or more specifically, shopping online.
Online shopping gives you convenience, but that shouldn’t be a reason for you to neglect the importance of keeping your personal information safe. You don’t want to experience any of those bad occurrences that may happen when someone decides to steal your personal information and belongings, so be smart and be mindful.
Have you ever shop online? How do you keep your information safe from harm?
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