It is a known fact that the internet is a great place to receive excellent offers and bargains. People can easily search and find various coupon codes and rebate offers much easier in the internet rather than the real world.
But, even though the internet is a great tool to find those offers and bargains, there are also minus point in this method. There are so many bad people who are lurking in the internet to find opportunity to take money from your hand which you have been earn honestly using shady methods.
So, here are some methods to minimize the risk and protecting your money when shopping through the internet.
Usually the credit card company able to protect their customers when they having an issue with their purchase. Some of these companies even provide special credit card for online purchase that can be only use once, especially at certain online stores.
This method give great protection, especially if the shoppers are concern regarding the security of the online store where they make their purchase. Thus, the website only able to charge the credit card once.
Check out the security of order form and cart from the website
Online stores usually use secure and encrypted code for their cart and purchase section or form. People who visit their websites usually can see key or lock icon in the left side of the address bar of their browsers.
If the lock icon is displaying closed lock, than that is mean that page is secure. People can also use other method by right clicking the page with their mouse and choose page info menu then choose security section or tab from the pop up window to find out whether the page is secure and encrypted or not.
People can also check for the SSL technology which is standard security technology for webpage. Search for the website certification from the security section.
Browsers and Operation System update
Ensure that your computer operation system and internet browsers is update. Therefore your device always have the latest security features. This will improve your computer and browser security for phishing activity from unsecured website.
Many people think that shipping costs are the worst factor in online shopping. But, buyers can save their purchase’s shipping cost using posted flat rate shipping offers and free shipping coupon.
Buyer could also reduce shipping cost by online shopping from the stores that located near their home or from the same state.
Pay attention to the return policies
When deciding to buy a product from the online store, make sure that you understand about the return policies from the website. Some online stores have bad return policies where the customers must to pay more money to return the purchased products.
So, buyers must understand the rules of return policies before deciding to buy the product from the online store. If you think that the return policies is unfair or too complicated, it will be better to search for other online store.
Watch out for fake sites
You would be surprise on how much of fake sites that can be found in the internet that really look legitimate and professional. One of the most distinctive that become the first sign of a fake online store is the price that is given is extremely lower compare to other similar store.
The reason that these fake site can offer a very low price is because they never have the actual product. These site just take your money and never send the product that you bought.
If you are suspicious about the price that is offered by certain online store, you could check the website name in search engine such as Google to find out if the online store has bad reviews or included in some scam site lists.
A legitimate online store will include their real address and contact number, so people can contact the company or just checking if the company is legitimate or not.
Print the purchase order
Make sure to make a print out for your purchase order and save the purchase’s receipt in your email box at least until you receive the product and returning process (if you decide to return the product)
Using these online shopping safety measure, buyers can improve their online shopping safety and satisfaction.