Internet trade all year round brings huge money to the owners of online stores, but the run-up to holidays such as New year, Christmas, 8 March, Valentine’s Day and February 23 is particularly favorable for sales. In the holidays the buyers show maximum activity. Alas, the same can be said about Internet scammers, hungry for other people’s money. To protect yourself from fraud on the web will help you simple rules safe online shopping.
Don’t click unfamiliar links
To you by e-mail can receive e-mails with links from unknown users. It is better for such links does not proceed because there is a good chance to get to a phishing site. Such sites can completely copy other popular resources (with the exception of the address to which the user may not pay attention). Entering their card details and other personal information during checkout, you will not receive your purchase, but the money on the card can not be counted.
A suspicious message with a link can come even from a friend or relative. Just in case better to check with whoever sent you the link, not broke him. Scammers often hack into the accounts of social network users, and then their faces do send them to relatives and friends.
Pay attention to the security protocols
Self-respecting online shopping, are concerned about the security of their clients, open protocols and not use. If the page address with your desired product begins with the letters http (not https), it is better on this site not to buy anything. Payment for online purchases in the pages of an open security Protocol may lead to undesirable consequences.
Do not use when you shop with open Wi-Fi networks
The advantages of Wi-Fi networks with password-free access in front of closed networks is obvious. But buying through the Internet using this network is dangerous idea. Yes, in terms of lack of free time to use the outdoor network for online shopping is very convenient, but access to your personal data is available to any who will be able to connect to the network, that is anyone. Better make online purchases at home on your PC.
Even the most expensive anti-virus program will not help the user to protect your computer from hackers, if it has an outdated virus database. A decent level of protection can be achieved with the help of free programs. The main thing is to timely update your virus scan. The same applies to any other software you use, including browsers.
Get a second card
Never use the same credit card for purchases in supermarkets and on the Internet. Shopping at online stores is better to commit using a specific virtual card and Deposit account only when necessary and for a strictly defined amount. In this case, if the crooks and access to information about your card, to remove her they can’t do anything, and you’ll have enough time to block it.
Try to periodically change the password for accounts on websites that indicate your personal details, and indeed of any resource where you have accounts. So you minimize the risk of hacking your password. Do not use different sites same login and password. An attacker cracking a single website takes the trouble to try his luck and on other sites.