There are many benefits to online shopping. It’s fast, convenient, you can find the best deals and prices and you can do it all at your own comfort from your phone or PC. However, with all the benefits it offers, it’s still important to make sure you follow certain unwritten rules to avoid getting tricked and make sure your shopping goes as planned.

Here are some tips on what to do to stay safe while shopping online:

 

  1. Use a secure computer environment.

 

Use your own PC, your private network and Wi-Fi. Most places nowadays offer free and public access to the internet. While this may seem convenient, it’s best to avoid sharing your sensitive private information over such networks. If you really want to do some online shopping while you’re out or on the road, it’s recommended to use data provided by your own network provider.

 

  1. Be careful about the information you give out.

 

Usually you’ll be asked to give out certain information like the method of payment, email address, shipping address, phone number and that’s perfectly normal. However, if the seller requires additional information like your driver’s license number, social security number or your bank account information, walk away and look for another seller.

 

  1. Use a credit card over a debit one

 

The federal law protects credit card users from fraud and limits individual liability to $50. Another thing you can do is to designate a credit card solely for online purchasing. If the card gets compromised, you can shut it down more quickly and without affecting your other transactions.

 

  1. Check for https

 

On the page that requires you to enter your credit card number make sure it has https in the beginning and not just http. The “s” means the information is encrypted.

 

  1. Stay with trusted retailers

There are many places online where you can shop, but generally it’s better to stick with known brands like Amazon and EBay. These sites are extremely trusted and offer almost 100% chance your purchase will go exactly as planned and that you’ll get the product you bought.