With the increase in demand for goods and services online, comes the threat increase of cyber theft and scams. Everyone is shopping online these days because of the bargains they can get easily just by surfing through different websites. The shopping is secure and shipping is fast. It is a golden age for shoppers; buying more than ever from the comfort of a mobile device.
Here are Kwatri’s tips on how to stay safe while shopping online:
Shop from known companies and websites
We advice you go directly to a known or popular website other than search randomly using search engines. This is because, search results can sometimes be manipulated and lead you off course. Usually, this happens when you have scrolled through the first few pages of your search result. Always take note of the correct spelling and correct domain name of a website. Watch out for misspellings or sites using a different top-level domain (a .net instead of a .com, for example)—those are the oldest tricks in the book. Sales on these sites usually have offers that are too good to be true. Our advice is, close tab.
We advice our clients to log onto our website directly with our URL print.kwatri.com for the best printing services and delivery in Abuja, and to other cities in Nigeria such as Kano, Kaduna, Port Harcourt and Ibadan.
Verify the website security and privacy
One of the easiest way to know a secured site is to check if it has SSL (Secure Sockets Layer).
Before you make any purchase from any website, make sure it has SSL encryption installed.
To know this, the site should start with https:// and you should notice the lock symbol, which is in the address bar at the top. (see sample below)
Don’t wait until when you need to enter any personal or financial information, before you verify that the site you are on is legitimate and secure.
Update Your Software
Regularly updating your software is an easy thing you can do to protect your information, but many people ignore it. Updates usually come with stronger security to protect you from harm’s way. Developers work hard to provide security updates to fight off the constant growing threats that can be found online. You might consider it a waste of extra data or an inconvenience to wait for your software to update and most times restart, but you should know that the update is totally worth it and it is for your own safety.
So, when next you see your software requesting you to update it, please do well to update as soon as possible to improve your safety online.
Create Strong Password
Your password is the key to your safety. If you have a bad key or a badly fabricated key, then your safety can be easily accessible by the simplest of thieves. You wouldn’t want that, so we advise you to create a strong password to protect the information you provide to any website.
Yes we know it is a pain to go through and change the passwords on all your online accounts, not to mention the trouble it’ll take to try to remember them all. But if you really want to keep your information (and bank account) safe while you’re shopping via the Internet, it’s essential to mix up your account passwords every three to six months. You should also make sure that you don’t have the same password across all your accounts, since that makes them all vulnerable if one is hacked.
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