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8th Feb 19

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How to stay safe while shopping online

8th Feb 19

Megan Ellis
By Megan Ellis30 Followers

Many South Africans have discovered the convenience of online shopping. However, there are certain risks when it comes to shopping online. You don’t want your credit card details stolen, for example, nor do you want to waste your money on items that never arrive.

So how do you protect yourself while shopping online? Here are a few tips and guidelines:

Make sure the site is secure

Vodacom is an example of a safe site for online shopping

It’s relatively easy to set up an online store nowadays, so be sure you’re using a trusted, established site. Any site that requires you to put in personal details or payment details needs to be secure. It is relatively easy to check this, thanks to tools built into internet browsers.

First, check whether a site’s URL starts with ‘https’ as opposed to ‘http’ or ‘www’. This is a bare minimum level of security and if a site doesn’t have it on pages where you’re requested to enter your details, stay away from it. Sites without ‘https’ don’t use encryption to protect the information you send, meaning that it can easily be intercepted by cybercriminals.

Then, there is the site’s security certifica...

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