Nowadays it can be difficult to identify whether or not a website is trustworthy, especially if it has been designed skilfully to look like it is.
Many of us regularly buy products or services online. Because of this, it is important that you take extra care when browsing the web and when giving out sensitive information such as credit cards, bank information etc.
How do you know if a website is safe to buy from? Here are a few hints and tips to keep you safe when buying online:
- To ensure the site you are using is secure, look out for a small padlock symbol in the address bar and that the web address begins with https:// – the s means that it is secure.
- If you are not completely sure about a website, ask a friend, associate or colleague if they are aware of the site or have used it before.
- If an offer seems to be too good to be true, it probably is. This could mean that the site is selling fake items or might want to steal your bank details.
- See if your computer security program includes a web scan feature – this checks that the sites you are using are safe.
- Always make sure that there is a listed address and phone number on the website. If they do, they are more likely to be a reliable site.
- Be wary of pop-ups selling goods or services. They are often designed to take you to a phony website and steal your personal information. Due to their annoyance, many reputable retailers don’t use pop-ups.