How to shop online more safely during the Holiday season (and afterwards)
December 22, 2021
Shop online with trusted retailers
If you can’t find whatever you are looking for with the retailers you trust and have to resort to buying it at an unknown online store, do some digging around before entering your payment details – especially if the retailer is offering sensational deals. To evaluate if a retailer is legitimate, you can take several things into account: See if they have a social media following or search for customer reviews. It’s also important to check the retailer’s contact details as well as the terms and conditions. Often, all you need to do is quickly Google the retailer’s name together with the word “experiences”. If a shop is not legit, you’ll often see loads of warnings in the search results - or suspiciously no results at all.
Only shop from secure websites
How to pay more securely when shopping online
service like PayPal as this allows you to pay without giving the merchant your actual credit card information.
Basic ways you can protect yourself while online shopping
Secondly, use strong, unique passwords for each account you create. Never use the same password for multiple accounts and avoid using combinations that could be easy to figure out like your birthday or zip code. You can use a password manager to come up with more secure passwords and remember them for you. For even more security, setting up two-factor authentication is also recommended.
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