Maybe you love to shop, want something you can’t buy locally or just like getting a bargain? Internet shopping can be great for all these things. It brings a world of shops to your door and goods are often far cheaper online.
But before you make your purchases, ask yourself:
- Do you know the retailer you’re buying from?
- Can you contact them if your purchase never turns up?
- Are there any hidden taxes, charges or delivery costs?
- Will your payment and payment details be kept secure?
What Should I Look For?
Make sure you have a secure connection for payment by checking the website address. It should be ‘https://www…’ not ‘http://www…’. The ‘s’ tells you the site is secure.
Look for a padlock somewhere in the status bar of your browser. In older browsers it may be at the bottom of the window. In newer browsers it will be in the address bar at the top of the window, next to the URL.
Examples of safe sites are:
Some browsers warn you if you try to access a site without a valid security certificate. If you ignore this warning, your address bar will turn red.
If your address bar turns red, do not enter your card details!