Shopping online is the norm, and most people don’t think twice about it. But, there are still reasons to be careful. There are ways to buy safely online.
Before confirming a purchase, make sure there is a padlock next to the URL or website address. That indicates a website meets certain security standards.
Consider the payment options for a purchase online. Middle-man services such as PayPal create a buffer.
If it comes down to credit versus debit, experts told WINK to only use a credit card.
“If [it’s on a card], it’s much easier to get the problem resolved,” said Carrie Kerskie, president of Griffon Force. If it’s on a card that’s associated with your bank account, you may have to wait for the bank to refund those funds back into your bank account.
Nothing is 100-percent secure even if shopping on a reputable website.
Check the company’s number of sales, reviews, and see if it has an independent website.