Safe Ways To Shop Online

  • Shop at a reputable site: There are thousands, if not millions, of fraudulent sites out there. At the same time, there are many good shopping sites like Amazon and eBay that spend thousands of dollars yearly to protect their brand and customers. Shop at these, bookmark them and be wary of tempting offers from any unknown site.
  • Keep your computer protected: Ensure your computer has the latest anti-virus, anti-spyware and spam-filters and update these security programs regularly. Likewise, keep your operating system up to date. And if you do your shopping mostly from mobile devices and tablets, keep these updated also.
  • Always safeguard your personal information: Since scammers and fraudsters require information to succeed, don’t put too much personal data on the internet. Every site should have a policy on how they use the information collected from you. Make sure you read and understand this and if a site doesn’t have such policy, don’t take the risk.
  • Beware of Strange Offers: Don’t be greedy. If an offer sounds too good to be true, then in all likelihood, it is. Stop signing up for every free offers on the internet. You will only end up with unsolicited mails in your inbox which might contain potentially harmful materials.
  • Be careful what you download: Downloading from the internet comes with a set of risks as downloadable files can contain harmful programs that can expose you and your computer. Make sure you only download from trusted sites.
  • Don’t click on that link: Our emails nowadays are awash with promotional offers and ads. Clicking on links in these mails can give the sender instant access to your computer and personal information. Avoid clicking on mails from unknown sources. Learn to make use of the report spam button that comes with most email accounts.