There are many benefits to shopping online – you can shop anytime, anywhere. With so many shoppers using the Internet for shopping, they are unknowingly putting themselves at risk of online fraud and scams. Here are 5 tips to ensure your online shopping is as safe as possible.

#1 Avoid suspicious websites

If a website has a poor design or pops-up multiple windows, it might not be an authentic retailer. Be suspicious of a website that offers unrealistic promises. Ask your colleagues or family members for their opinion about a website you find suspicious.

#2 Do not click on hyperlinks in emails

One of the most common scams involves sending emails that ask you to click on a hyperlink or to open an attachment to verify your personal information, for example, requesting you to reset your password. It is recommended that you ignore any emails that make these kinds of requests.

#3 Be careful when shopping by phone

Mobile phones certainly make shopping more convenient, but they often lack software such as anti-virus. It is better for you to avoid entering your payment information on a mobile and instead use well known and reputable retailers’ apps, which offer additional security.

#4 Use safe payment methods

Payment methods such as PayPal or your credit card are the safest option because they allow buyers to seek a credit from the issuer should the product delivery fail. Avoid money transfers and direct debit because you will have no recourse if something goes wrong.

#5 Turn your computer off when you are finished shopping

Most people leave their computers connected to the Internet and in constant operation. This provides online scammers with 24/7 access and the ability to commit cyber crimes. It is advisable to turn a computer off when it is not in use.

Please share these Eversafe online shopping security tips with your friends and family to help them avoid falling victim to an online fraud or scam.