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Safety Tips For Online Shopping

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Currently India is witnessing a great economic boom. We can notice the effect of this boom everywhere. Also, there has been an exponential rise in the consumer spending. Consumers are looking for an easy way for shopping online since many avenues are available and they enable easy online shopping. Considering the universal availability of internet, consumers can save a lot of time and efforts through online shopping. Online merchants have also realized the enormous potential of the internet and they are gearing up to offer the best products and services online.

As the potential of online shopping has been realized, the risks are increasing as well; and this is particularly true in the case of the consumers. It is a fact that many online shoppers do not realize the pitfalls and do not follow any risk prevention measures. The online shopping frauds are extremely dangerous because once there is a breach in the security, the fraudsters can get access to the data and they can also siphon a lot of money and the victim will not even come to know about this. In terms of online shopping many options are available like online shopping for clothes, online shopping for home décor, online shopping for handicrafts etc. If you take little security steps, then you can enjoy the online shopping and at the same time be safe as well.

Some important security norms are mentioned below. Any online shopper must follow them for a convenient online shopping experience:

Link Of A Website : Do not go to an online shopping website by following any link or pop-ups no matter even if interesting offers are presented in it. Make sure you type the website address into the address bar of the browser. Be careful of tempting offers as these offers might be run by fraudsters through a fake website.

Look For A Lock Image In The Browser : In order to make sure that the website you are browsing is safe, try to look for an image of a closed lock in the browser window. Click on the lock icon and it will display the details of the SSL security enabled on the website. If you are entering your information on a spoofed website, then that information is surely vulnerable.

Check The Privacy Policy : Are you confident that the owner of the website where you have shared your personal details is not sharing them with anyone else for money? Have a close look at the privacy policy of the website in order to know what the seller might do / might not do about the details provided by you.

Be Careful Of The Emails : You might receive an email that appears as if it is sent by the seller with whom you have shopped online. You might be asked for your personal information in this email for ‘verifying’ the accounts or ‘clearing-up’ the errors that have taken place. Before responding to any such email, confirm this with the seller. Call them and confirm if required or send them an email and take action only when you have received a response from them.

Secured Programs : If the online buying is done through a credit card or a debit card, then make sure that you sign up for the programs like ‘verified by Visa’ or ‘Master Secured Code Program’. As a result of this, you will be able to authorize every online transaction.

Anti Spyware / Trojan Software : Ensure that the latest version of antivirus, anti-spyware or anti-Trojan programs are installed on your computer or laptop and they are regularly updated.

The online shopping industry has many benefits, it is important to play smart and play safe while online shopping and you will never face any problems.