Shopping Tips: A Guide to Stay Safe Online

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Let’s face it, shopping online can be very comfortable and make life very easy. Avoiding the hot sun in Mombasa, the hustle and bustle in the markets and all that stress. When you think about all that you just want to stick to the comfort of your couch at home and shop easily online. Let’s face it, it is convenient, the assortment is huge and the shipping is fast. Even if you want to have it returned then that is possible too. As much as shopping online is secure there are still the bad guys out there who want to play a fast one on you and scam you out of your money and this is where we want you to avoid being a victim. Stick to the tips below to stay safe while shopping online.

Shop From known Websites

Begin your shopping from a trusted site that you are sure of, rather than searching on a search engine and visiting random sites just because you are looking to get the best deal. Some of these search results are rigged to lead you astray even when popular engine such as Google update their algorithms that give only the best and most trusted sites. But when you drift past the first few pages then you have another thing coming. Popular shopping sites like Jumia and Kaymu are making grounds in Kenya and these ones can be trusted. There are a few others you can trust to shop from online and get good deals too.

Make sure the Lock is there

Never make purchases with your cards online from sites that don’t have SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption installed on them, at the very least. You can identify sites with SSL encryption with their URL, as it will start with HTTPS:// (instead of just HTTP://). There will also be a padlock that is locked that will appear right next to the HTTPS:// in the address bar. Be certain this is there before you give any personal information on the site and you should also be mindful of the information the websites asks you for, no site will ask for your details over email either.

Don’t Divulge Every Information

Imagine a site asking you for your PIN to your card. That should ring an alarm in your head. No site would ask for all your details when you are making a purchase, unless they want to steal your identity or your money. Your default setting should be to give the least amount of information as possible when you can.

Have a Strong PC Protection

Sometimes these swindlers just don’t wait around for you to give them the information they need, they give you a little push to help thing go in their favour. For example, you check your spam folder of your mailbox and you would see some very suspicious looking links and emails. Clicking on some of this links can give them access to your PC and all the information on it. You need to protect against malware with a good antivirus software that gets regular updates. There are a lot of antivirus online that can help protect against ID and information theft.

Use Strong Passwords

This goes without being said, you have to use very strong passwords when signing up on these websites. Use uncrackable passwords. This is even more important when shopping or banking online. Think of the holiday period when you are busy creating accounts on all sorts of ecommerce sites to shop from, this would come in very handy.

Now When It is Too Good to be true.

There are some deals that you would see online and it should immediately click that it is a scam. We are not saying that some of these sites that don’t give good discounts but there are some that are just not true and you should be able to identify them. If you are not sure, then do a search online and read reviews of other customers, you would always find the information your seek online. Sometimes, all that glitters isn’t gold.

In conclusion, there are a lot of online tips when it comes to shopping online and we have to stay updated on information to avoid being ripped off of our hard earned money.


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