How to shop online safely?

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Gone are the days when the user goes to a shopping center and purchase the product of their choice and handing over the credit card to the store keeper. Technology advancements have paved the way for increasing online shopping trend. And everything you will get on your internet tips itself.

But one major factor that the user is wary while doing online shopping is giving the credit card details, if the user land in the wrong online shopping website, then the user is sure to get disappointed.

How to shop online safely?

Here are some tips by means of which users can shop online safely.

Ensure the contact details of the Online Retailer before shopping

  • Ensure that the online shopping retailer is reputed and recognized


  • Check the external store status


  • Check the name, company registration details of the users country and the contact details that includes e-mail, postal address as well as telephone number


  • Keep a note of the company’s headquarters

Search for detailed information regarding the Company’s reputation

  • Check the ‘comments’ posted on the consumer review sites


  • Check for the complaints via a Consumer Affair Bureau such as the Better Business Bureau


  • Once the user purchases something from the website, they can e-mail or make a phone call to the company and can ask questions

Check for the billing, delivery and guarantee information

  • Check the Packaging costs


  • Check the Delivery Costs

  • Make sure whether the user will be billed before or after purchase


  • Make sure whether the product comes with sufficient guarantee as well as warranty if some sort of defects happens


  • Look out for the information regarding cancellation, returns as well as refunds


  • Check whether the user or the company will have to bear the cost of the returning item


  • Check whether there is any discount for the item the user is purchasing

Read the site’s privacy policy

  • Check for the web seal approval of the website


  • Check for the ‘Trust-Mark’ programs

Make use of secure websites for fund transactions

  • Ensure that the company is accepting transactions by means of secure encryption known as SSL or Secure Sockets Layer


  • Users can make sure that they are using a SSL by following ways;

    • Users are supposed to receive a message stating that the user is entering a secure area at the time of entering the personal details on the first page


    • The address bar will change from ‘http’ to ‘https’


    • Ensure that the padlock is closed, if its open, then that means the website is not secure


    • Users will be also able to see an unbroken key on a secure website

Enter the correct Information

  • Make sure that the user is entering the precise information


  • Check that the address is correct


  • Make sure the number of items is also correct


  • Review the information before clicking on the ‘Send’ button

Ensure that the credit card comes with Online Fraud Protection

Make sure that the user’s credit card makes use of Online Fraud Protection that offers users with protection against purchases.

Recording Purchase Details

Users are always advised to take a screenshot or a print copy of the time, receipt, date and order confirmation as a proof of purchase.

Be Aware of the e-mail scams

  • The e-mails that are designed for gathering personal information as well as passwords and credit card details are known as ‘Phishing e-mails’


  • Be aware of the fact that banks will never send the user’s e-mail requesting the user to give their login and password or credit card details


  • To ensure, users can directly type the website link on the browser’s address bar rather than following the e-mail link

This is how users can ensure safe online shopping to a greater extent.

Read our article on Top 10 online shopping websites in India.

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