With hackers seeming to be in every corner, it’s hard to believe that people haven’t completely given up on using the internet. However, the internet is important to many, so the key is to always remember that hackers are everywhere. In particular, hackers always seem to go where the money is, so it’s vital that you know how to stay safe when using shopping sites online. They can get hold of your credit card information which will then lead you to become victim to cyber theft.
Listed below are some tips to follow, to ensure that you’re being the safest you can possibly be when shopping online.
Trust your gut. If you have a bad feeling about a website, that may be your body telling you that this website isn’t safe. If at any time you feel as though the shopping site is asking you way too many questions, close out the tab and quit the transaction. Also key to note; if you notice that the site looks like it was made in the 90s, has a peculiar address, or fills your screen with pesky pop-ups, just close out of the tab.
Be very careful when on a mobile device. Smartphones can do everything a computer can do, but that unfortunately does not mean they can protect us against scamming threats like some computers can. Since you do not have that warning on your phone, it becomes very easy for hackers to sneak their way into your phone and your information - especially when you’re shopping online on public Wi-Fi. Use caution when shopping on your phone because hackers are always lurking.
Check your credit card statement frequently. Using a credit card when shopping online is really the only smart option. If you use a debit card, cash, or check, you may never see your money again if you get hacked and scammed. However, the credit card company will be able to reimburse you for any fraudulent charges. Having said that, you won’t be able to get reimbursed if you do not keep an eye on your credit card statement. Always know what your credit card is being used for, and always check your credit card statements.
Change your passwords regularly. If you want to keep all of your information safe and away from people who do not deserve to have it, it might be in your best interest to change your passwords regularly. This will help to prevent any hackers from taking your information and potentially destroying your life.
Don’t click on links in your email. Instead of clicking on the given links, type the web address into the search bar. Many phishing scams involve emails from what looks like a legit site but will then send you to a phony site where they gather all of your private information.
This is unfortunately the world we live in where we must be aware of dangers lurking in every corner. Since this in now such a big problem in our world and society, it’s very important that you know how to stay safe, both publicly and on the internet.