With the increasing popularity of online shopping, the risk that more and more people are trying to divert you from your money or steal your card details is also increasing.
Marketing emails can be a great way to learn about a sale and make a deal. But it can be dangerous. Scammers will mimic well-known websites so that they can easily create emails with fraudulent links that look legitimate. Online attackers try to steal personal information from consumers by trying to deceive them that a website or email comes from a legitimate source. Look out for emails from sellers who request proof of purchase in the form of personal information of any kind. Legitimate providers will never request this type of information via e-mail.
Fortunately, you can follow our online safety tips to shop safely online and protect your personal identity from malicious attacks.
- Shop online with trusted online retailers. Make sure the terms of the contract are clearly defined and you think they are acceptable.
- Use a strong password for each online shopping account. But avoid using the same password for multiple accounts.
- Don’t purchase online while connecting to public networks.
- Never send emails that contain personal information such as your card number and expiration date or provide these details by phone.
- Use a credit card with fraud protection or PayPal.
- Always log out. In this way, your payment information will not be saved or can not be used by anyone who gains access to your account.
- When you make a payment, make sure that the page is secure before specifying card details. The address bar turns green when the web site is secure (but will only show up if you are using the latest updated version of your browser, so always check to see if you have the latest version to keep up to date with security features.)
The ultimate guard to your online shopping is using a VPN.