Online shopping becomes so much popular these days. People love to buy everything from shoes to hat online. Today there are hundreds of online shopping sites available online like Flipkart, Amazon, eBay, Shopclues etc. Shopping products on these sites are very easy but wait; do you receive what you ordered?
Some of you have had not received what you have ordered and there are many complaints about this on the internet. I also had conned by some shopping sites. In this article, I am going to tell you some facts about how to shop securely online.
Choose Products wisely
First, you have to check out thoroughly about the products you are looking for. Different shopping sites show different description for a particular product. So, make sure that you have checked thoroughly everything about the product description that matches with your product requirements.
For example, if you are looking for a laptop, then make sure that you read the product description and specifications to make sure that the product matches your requirement.
Check warranty and another status
If you are buying an electronics products or any other items that have a warranty then making sure that you have checked everything about the warranty status. This is the very important thing to lookup when you buy a product online.
Check product reviews
This is very crucial part of the online buying process. You have to check the reviews about the product on different shopping sites. This will give some idea about the product and how it performs? Is it worth to buy it? Etc. I always perform this step to buy things online.
Check seller’s reputation
Shopping sites like Flipkart, Amazon, eBay did not sell the products directly. There are thousands of merchants available online who are selling their products on these sites. You have to closely check the seller’s reputation to make sure that you are buying products from a genuine seller.
Ask questions before buying
If you have any doubts and questions regarding the product, you can contact the concerned seller and request them to answer your products related queries. You will find the merchant details on the product description page. Most of the shopping sites allow you ask questions about the product.
Check delivery information
Check the delivery information before buying a product. It is very important to make sure that how you will receive your product.
Site must use SSL
This is very important steps to keep your details secure when you buy products online. Make sure that the site where you want to buy products is using SSL and open with https. You also have to make sure that the shopping site is PCI compliant. Never shop on sites that are not using https or are not PCI compliant.
Using Online payment methods
I always prefer to make payment online. Do not use cash payments. If you have internet banking enabled for your savings account then make payment online through net banking. It is far more convenient and secure way to make payment online compare to debit and credit cards. You can also use Cash on delivery payment option if its available for your location.
Use virtual keyboards
When you are making payment online, you have to insert some payment details like Credit/Debit card numbers, CVV codes, net banking passwords etc. I highly recommend you to use virtual keyboards when you are entering these details online. This will keep your data safe from keyloggers.
Over to you
The online world is so crowded and also fill up with spammers and scammers. These tips can help you to shop securely online by compromising your confidential data. It also makes sure that you have received what you have ordered. If you have any shopping experience or want to add something, Just drop a comment below.