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Online shopping - a safety guide.

It is not always possible to be sure that you are shopping online with a reputable and trustworthy web site. But there are several simple steps that you can take to minimise the risks and pitfalls that can happen when buying goods and services online.

The tips and guide below will help you to determine if you are shopping at a secure and trustworthy website. The main risks if you are not careful when selecting online retailers to make a purchase are:

  • Credit Card Fraud.
  • Not receiving the goods or services.
  • Receiving faulty or substandard items.
  • Risk to your personal information and privacy.

 
   

Step by Step guide to safe online shopping

Our Internet security course includes a section on safe online shopping. Learn how assess web sites for suitability and how to spot sites that are more likely to cause problems for you or your family.

Online scammers are becoming more an more daring in their efforts to cheat people out of thier hard earned money - don't be a victim of this crime and educate yourself to understand the risks of online shopping. Some of the areas covers in our simple guide to online shopping include:

  • How to check if a web site is secure
  • Making sure your Internet Browser is up to date and suitable for online shopping.
  • Checking the online stores reputation before buying
  • Creating strong passwords.
  • How to use your credit card online and how to guard your privacy.
  • Make sure your virus and antispyware software is up to date
  • Install a firewall or switch on the Windows firewall.
  • Browsing guidelines to help ensure safe online shopping.
  • A guide to finding information about stores including reviews and other users previous experience.
  • Methods of payment for online shopping.
   
   
       

What to do if you have problems with your online shopping experience.

Always try to sort this out with the retailer first. Give them a chance to resolve the problem - but don't wait too long to take action.

If you feel you have been a victim of fraud or if the retailer will not help, you should report the difficulty to your bank or credit card company. Credit cards offer some protection against fraud and for this reason always try to use credit cards or Paypal for online purchases.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
           

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