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The Dangers of Online Shopping – Part I

Nowadays, the Internet is a great place where you can buy nearly everything, from clothes and groceries to technological gadgets or even booking your holiday. It is very convenient, because it saves you time and even money if you compare prices and know how to search for good deals. However, the Internet could also be a very dangerous place, because if you are not careful, you can easily become a victim of an identity theft or lose a lot of money. This article will show you what you need to do in order to stay safe while shopping online.

Clicking Blindly Onto Different Web Sites

If you are searching for a particular item, it is best to check well-known sites such as Amazon or EBay first, instead of blindly clicking to all sorts of web pages. Also don’t leave it for the search engines to pick up a site for you, because they can easily be manipulated by hackers. The experts in online shopping suggest to look if the web site you have opened has any security labels such as VeriSing and Cybertrust or if the http:// appears in the URL on pages which require your personal information when purchasing an item.

Monitor Your Accounts

If you do a lot of online shopping, then it’s imperative that you check your bank account(s) regularly to make sure there aren’t any unauthorised purchases. I was in a similar situation recently when I received an e-mail that I had made a purchase in a shop that I’ve never heard of before. Luckily after contacting them it appear to be only a mistake in the e-mail they sent the receipt to. However, some people are not as luck as I was and they could easily become victims to online thiefs who might do just small purchases on a regular basis and hope that you won’t notice it on your bank statement.

Using Public Wi-Fi Connections

Even if you purchase something simple from a trustworthy sites, such as new pair of shoes or something else like an end of lease cleaning within Melbourne, you must be careful when you do it from a public wi-fi spot. Hackers can use public wireless connections easily to steal your personal information. So, when you are at a hotel or a coffee shop with free internet, be careful. Also, never use a public computer to check your bank account or purchase something.