Since we are at a time when buying online seems to be the most convenient and desired option for millions of people around the world, then, the onus is on us all to make sure this new way of shopping is not only convenient and fast, but also safe for everyone.
The rise of the online shopping industry means there are way more threats online these days than it was at any time, and shoppers can easily lose their valuable information and hard-earned money to fraudsters when shopping online if they are not very careful.
In order to avoid this, it is advisable that every online shopper pay a great deal of attention to safety, and get the needed information regarding how to check if a website is safe to buy from.
To help prospective online shoppers, this article will highlight 5 simple ways through which you can detect if an online store is safe and highly secured with end-to-end encryption.
1.URL Proper Check
Now, this is the first and most common snare fraudsters use to trick people and get important information from them, such as debit/credit card numbers, this can later be used in looting funds from their accounts. You may ask, “how do I know this is the right website?” The best step is to properly check your URL link, the link at the top or bottom of the page. Make sure it is matching the appropriate one you were referred to, if not, properly type the URL yourself. So many fraudsters create lookalike links by omitting some letters or symbols in order to defraud people.
2.The Padlock Icon
This is in addition to validating your check process, this unique icon is mostly found on a safe website, and it is an indicator that a website is certified. You can click or double click (depending on your browser settings) on the icon. This shows a drop-down menu of validity, such as:
- Certificate (valid)
- Cookies(number of cookies in use)
- Site setting.
The Padlock icon symbolizes security and safety for transactions, this simply means Google has verified the website.
3.Be Rapt to Reading Reviews
The review section of a website is found at the end of the webpage, this is particularly a section where all customers who have visited the site pen their experience about the website. Although, it must also be stated that there are websites that pay for customers’ reviews, therefore you can’t rely solely on customer reviews. The essence of this step is to build your trust, remember, no website has 100 percent legitimacy. Not all customers get the same experience visiting a particular site, and you need to look out for this, as it may be all you need to prove their legitimacy.
4.Your Browser can Help
If your browser is an updated version and has an antivirus installed in it, this will help in checking the site. A number of these sites try to send in viruses to steal information. Using an updated browser with installed antivirus is very important, it scans the website, and if the website is not secured enough, it pops up a warning message. Immediately you see this message, please, exit the site.
For every verified website, a trust seal or badge is attached to it, this is not for decor. Trust seals are given to these websites either from Google or PayPal or Better Business Bureau, which indicates the site is secure for end-to-end transactions.
Finally, in as much as these five steps are certified for your security, you are advised to also get recommendations from a friend or family member, or a trusted entity. In the end, when it comes to buying and making payments online, you can never be too careful.