Shop Securely Online This Christmas

Offering a wide variety of products at a wide variety of prices, doing your Christmas shop online is becoming ever more attractive. Whilst I think we can all agree, the prospect of doing all of your shopping sat at home with a cup of tea is the better option. It is crucial however that you are savvy and know whether or not your transactions will be safe and secure. Here are a few tips from us on how to weasel out the Scrooges this Christmas!

  • First off, ensure you have a trusted anti-virus software installed and in use before you go online. Any good Anti-virus software should notify you if you go onto a dodgy website.
  • Make certain that any new and different online stores that you discover are trustworthy by doing a little research. You can simply do this by searching their company name on Google! Find contact details and an address for them. This means that if in doubt you have somewhere and someone to trace them back to.
  • Look out for these tell tale signs that a site is a trustworthy when entering your card details;

Secure BrowsingThe web address in your address bar should begin with “https://”. The “s” stands for secure.

If you’ve got the most recent version of your chosen browser, the address bar will turn green.

There should also be a small padlock symbol in your address bar or the browser window itself. If the symbol is on the webpage, this is a sure sign that the website is trying to mislead you.

  • Double check all details of your purchase before confirming payment.
  • After making transactions, check your statements and your account to make sure that the correct amount of money has been taken out, and to make sure that people are not using your account details for their own use as a result of your transaction.
  • When making a payment to a single individual (for example on EBay) DO NOT transmit your cash straight into their account even if they ask you to. If they are legitimate, they won’t mind if you use a secure payment method such as PayPal. This way if they are a con merchant, you can file a claim against them and get your money back!

Wishing you a very safe and happy Christmas from all at LandingNet X