There is no denying the convenience of online trading, but there are still risks exist. Here are some tips to help you shop online safely.
1. Carefully read the product and sales policy
This seems to be a thing everyone knows, but you’ve really turned it into a habit before you buy? Flexibility is one of the advantages of e-commerce. However, flexibility is not synonymous with easygoingness. Online shoppers need to refer carefully to the item they want to buy and the sales page policy to ensure every possible case. That may be information about the product material, delivery policy in the area you are living, the interests of consumers, … Only select the websites have clear information, ensure the interests of consumers and to have safety policies for customers.
2. Check the sales link carefully
Many people are fooled by fake websites that have interface and links similar to many popular and familiar websites. Pay close attention to avoid confusion.
Note*: Some major browsers do not understand foreign languages like the Cyrillic alphabet. A hacker can register a domain like xn--pple-43d.com, which is equivalent to apple.com and buy an SSL for it. This is also known as script spoofing. There are nearly 11 glyphs in the Cyrillic alphabet that look exactly like their Latin counterparts. Other alphabets with glyphs similar to Latin in modern fonts are; Greek, Armenian, Hebrew and Chinese. With full integration, you can create a fake domain and protect it with HTTPS protocol so that it is almost impossible to tell the real from fake.
I said almost impossible! There is a way for you to recognize this type of pishing. If you feel that a link is suspicious, copy and paste it into another tab. It will show the real domain: xn--pple-43d.com…
It’s simple like that. The true nature of the domain is revealed immediately and you know that the site can’t be trusted.
3. Only Pay On Websites That Use The HTTPS Protocol
Hackers can easily retrieve information (name, account number, credit card number, etc.) when you declare it on websites that use the regular HTTP protocol. Therefore, make sure to conduct transactions only on secure encrypted web pages (by looking at the address bar of the browser, you will see the https protocol at the top of the web page, and there will be an icon. Locks appear on the browser.
But nowadays, don’t be too trusting in what you see, because scammers are now able to create fake websites that are full of features of a legitimate website, even certificates https. As a result, phishing sites look no different from real websites.
4. Only Buy Products From Reputable Websites
Before deciding to shop online, check out the information of the website. Look for information about the address, contact information … or refer to the prestige of that website from the Internet.
At every regular orthodox website, there are contact details at the bottom of the page or the “Contact” section of the website, including the following information: Line Agency, License, Address, Telephone Number, Contact Email,… These informal websites will not have these entries.
5. Never Click On Links Of Spam Emails
Spam email often sends customers attractive offers, promotional products with prices down several times the original price, accompanied by links to the user can declare the account information and order. Absolutely never click on these links, and the best way is to ignore these promotional emails.
6. Only Use Computers And The Internet At Home To Transact
Never declare personal information on computers and the public Internet. You are not sure if the computer has spyware and the public Internet is being tracked by anyone. Only carry out transactions at home and on computers you trust.
7. Use Firewall and Security Software
Security software and firewalls on your computer will help prevent spyware and hackers from infiltrating your computer, stealing user account information when they claim to shop online. You should always have the most recent update on your operating system and web browsers. Of course, the security software can not thoroughly protect you, so protect yourself with the tips listed above.
8. Don’t Write Account Information On Paper Or Save On Computer
Account numbers or card numbers are long and hard to remember, but find some way to memorize them or store them securely and guaranty, especially your PIN or security code. If you save on your computer and when your computer is compromised by someone else, you sure know the outcome.
In particular, there are some online services with advertisements that allow the storage of account information, allowing users to make online payments faster … For the best, protect yourself and do not hand over this information to anyone else.
9. Use The Latest Version Browser To Pay Online
Older browsers may still have unpatched security vulnerabilities and hackers may rely on them to steal user information. So updating your browser to the latest version will make your transaction a lot safer.
Security patches are always available for popular browsers. They are released in response to vulnerabilities that scammers and other hackers will inevitably discover and exploit. If you often ignore the message about your browser update, stop it. The minute updates are available, downloaded and installed it.
10. Check The Product Once When Received
Online shopping, although popular, but the form of payment online is not really getting the trust of consumers. The online payment process is fast and convenient, but customers should not close their eyes and ignore. Choose the safest payment method with shipping rates if there is a suitable way.
Until you touch the product, everything is not closed yet. If the product does not meet expectations, please contact the e-commerce website immediately for advice to return the goods. Some reputable and professional websites support the return of products after the customer receives the products and sees defective products, counterfeit products, copy goods, wrong measurements, sizes, etc. Usually, It’s also free and in the quickest time possible. However, some websites require a fee, that is why you need to thoroughly review the website’s policies.
When you encounter such scams, do not hesitate to report to competent websites worldwide.
Here are the 2 most popular websites to do that:
1. Report to Google:
Report Phishing Page of Google will rely on these reports to update Chrome browser display phishing warning; Not shown in search results.
2. Report to PhishTank (phishing scams archive)
You enter the phishing website address into the site phishtank.com. This is a website created by the OpenDNS organization with the mission of making the Internet safer. It redirects users from phishing websites or warns the browser when a phishing website is reported in the storage. Also, you can search the name of the website that you think is phishing, of course not all phishing sites are up to date.
You can report every web site around the world to the two pages I just said, but if you want the site owner to be punished and the site is sure to be removed then you should look for a government website in your country (usually end with .gov) to report.
Those are some of my experiences in recognizing the scam website. Gateway Review hopes that those can help you discover which ones you should buy and which one you should not. If you have any questions about this topic, leave a comment here. Use your name, I will be glad to reply.