Nowadays, consumers have the choice of shopping online. There are a lot of stores that also set up websites where their customers can shop in the comfort of their own home. Making an online order is very easy and it can be done with the click of the mouse. What people should be aware of is that online buying also has its risks. There are many online shopping scam sites that are set up by hackers in order to get money from consumers. That is why there are some tips that you should follow on how to securely pay an online purchase.
Here are some tips on how you can securely pay an online order:
- Official websites. When shopping online, it is better to stick with the websites that are official. Also, shop for well-known online brands so that you can be sure that you are making a secure transaction. Some of the signs that a website is legitimate is that they have a logo of their shop, contact numbers or e-mail addresses where you can send your concerns to, and also the address of their shop or their offices. All this information can usually be found on the home page and are easy to see.
- Secure websites. Look for websites that start with the address ‘https’. This is an indication that the website is secure. You can also search for a padlock icon at the bottom right part of your web browser window. You may also see this padlock on the address bar if the website that you are visiting is secure.
- Security certificate. Even if websites have a padlock, this does not always mean that they are secure. Another thing to check is the security certificate. You can view the security certificate when you double click on the padlock. If the website that you are on is not a hundred percent secure, then the web browser will show a warning message about this.
- Payment methods. Online shopping websites offer their customers different payment methods. You can usually pay by using major credit cards or by using an online merchant account, such as PayPal. By using online merchant accounts, you can make online transactions without giving away your credit card information. This will make your transaction more secure. There are a lot of online merchant accounts that you can sign up for, but the most popular one that almost all online shops recognize is PayPal. You can set up a free account for basic online transactions.
These are some of the tips that you can use to make secure online transactions. When you make an online order, may it be from an online generic store, online medicine, or online apparel shops, it is always a good idea to practice these tips. Other things to be careful about are viruses and malicious websites. You have to make sure that your computer is virus-free before you shop online as hackers can easily get your vital information if your computer is infected with these viruses.