Safe Online Shopping: 5 Tested and Trusted Tips You Need To Know
Even though the world is opening up after the ease of Coronavirus restrictions, online shopping continues to increase. According to a leading statistics firm, the number of online shoppers in 2021 is 2.14 billion. This means 27.6% of the people in the world buy things online. To break it down further, one out of every four people is an online shopper.
This increase is not surprising because of the convenience and increased internet usage. It is so convenient that people buy items from a US store and ship them to Nigeria.
Since the arrival of the internet, merchants have looked to sell their goods to people who browse the web. Shoppers can visit web stores, browse items, buy them and have them delivered without leaving their houses. Books, games, electronics, and software are some of the thousands of things people buy from an online store.
But with the advantages of shopping online come the disadvantages. This convenience has also caused many people to lose their hard-earned money to fraudsters. We don't want you to be one of those people.
I am sure you have a lot of questions. Which online shopping site is trustworthy? How can I protect myself when shopping online? Continue reading for some answers to these questions as well as tested and trusted tips to keep you safe.
Tips For Safe Online Shopping
1. Patronize Reputable Merchants
Shopping with reputable merchants like Amazon and eBay is reassuring. This is because they offer a safe and secure online shopping experience and if you have problems, they have a responsive customer care unit.
If you don't know the merchant, you need to take more precautions. Do a thorough background check by running a Google search or on websites that review online stores. If the store has no reviews, no favorable reviews, or only positive reviews, avoid them. Other sites to avoid are those with weird-looking URLs without a visible company name.
2. If It Sounds Too Good To Be True, It Always Is
Avoid any online store that promises unrealistic prices for items. Imagine seeing an iPhone 12 Pro Max that normally retails at $1,100 sold on a website you have never heard of for $500. That is more than 50% off!
These websites use the classic "bait and switch" scam. After you pay for the iPhone, they tell you it is out of stock and try to sell you an Infinix at the same price.
3. Only Shop On Secure Websites
When you go to any shopping site, check to see if the website starts with "HTTPS://" and not "HTTP://". That "s" tells you the site is secure and encrypted to protect your information.
4. Always Use Unique Passwords
Some online stores need you to create an account with a password when you buy something from them. This is usually not compulsory but if you have to do it, ensure you use a strong and unique password.
5. Don't Provide More Information Than Necessary
At checkout, many online stores ask for some of your information. Some of these include a method of payment, phone number, email address, and US shipping address. If you currently do not have one, register on Heroshe to get your US address.
Any website that requests more personal information like your bank account, driver's license number wants to resell the information. Stick to online stores that respect your privacy.
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