Buying online or online shopping has become relatively safe, that is if you compare the scenario now and that of a decade back. But to say that buying online has become impeccably safe and that there are no risks whatsoever is a little naïve. You can never be more cautious with most things these days and when it comes to activities that involve financial transactions, sharing personal details and ordering expensive items, you have to be safer and more proactive.
Here are a few tips to keep you safe when buying online.
- You must always consider buying from major ecommerce websites. By many accounts, more than a thousand new websites are developed and hosted every hour across the world. A substantial chunk of those websites are ecommerce sites. Even if some websites are informative or educational and would not harp directly on sales, they too have an ecommerce section just to facilitate some sales and to generate some revenue. Not all ecommerce sites are credible. You need to know if the site is safe. Refer to popular opinion or feedback to trust such ecommerce sites. If a website has had a history of malpractice or compromising customers’ details, then you are better off staying away from those sites.
- Do not blindly purchase anything even from the major ecommerce sites. If you have shopped on the likes of Amazon, then you know that the site too actually represents thousands of resellers or retailers. There are conventional retailers who have brick and mortar establishments. There are unconventional ones that simply indulge in trading of goods and don’t really have a base or a physical address. They simply operate online. Check the reviews of such sellers, the ratings and look for their websites. Make sure they are credible too.
- Check the payment gateway. It could be that of a bank or a system like PayPal or Verisign. If you don’t get a payment system that has been proven to be failsafe, don’t make purchases as you could be putting your credit cards, checking account, and secure information at risk.