Before You Pay, This Is How You Make Sure If An Online Shopping Site Is Safe And Secure
Who doesn’t love to shop? And now with the advent of technology and the internet, online shopping has saved the task of going to the bazaar’ to buy stuff. From ration to fruits to vegetable to lifestyle products, everything is available at the click of a button. With lucrative offers and infinite variety, online shopping has become a daily chore.
However, with the pros comes the insecurity of theft, phishing, and fraud. When we make online payments through our debit cards and credit cards, we are hardly sure if the data provided by us customers is secure or not. The security of data becomes an even bigger consideration when the products being bought are expensive. In such cases, we as consumers need to be aware of how online payments work and have at least simple knowledge of finding if the website through which we are paying is secure or not.
Here are simple checks with which you can know if your online payment website is a legit and secure website or not.
1. Look At The Lock Before The URL
Any shopping website usually takes you to another payment site for making payments. To make sure the site is secure, look for the lock sign before the URL of the website you are browsing at the moment in the status bar. The lock denotes that any data/information provided by you in the form of your card number, CVV, password etc is secure.
2. The Website URL
If the URL of the website starts with HTTPS the website is safe and secure. If it starts with HTTP, the website through which you are paying is not secure. HTTPS stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure that makes sure that all the communication between your browser and the website is encrypted and is in safe hands.
3. Look For A Physical Address In The ‘Contact’ Of The Website
Any business. if it is safe and secure, will mention a physical address of their office, warehouse or dispatching address at their ‘contact’ section. It will also provide a legit number to call for any queries. If a website doesn’t provide any contact details, avoid making any online transactions with them. If the offers still appeal to you, opt for ‘Cash On Delivery’ option, just in case. Let’s see the Amazon website for an example.
4. COD Option Available
A good website will always have a ‘Cash On Delivery’ option for its customers. Some may have a minimum limit to make your order eligible for COD. However, if a website only asks for your credit cards, you should avoid buying from them.
5. Never Email Your Credit Card Details
Yes, there are dumb people out there who do this, hence this point is included. Never share your debit/credit card details over an email with anyone. Not even your closest people, since emails too, can be hacked.
So look up to these 5 observations before you make an online payment and make sure you never have to go through a cyber theft or fraudulent experience.
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