Safe Shopping on the Internet


- Use Web browser protection.

Hackers can put up websites that look like they belong to a legitimate business and they can also infect websites, so you may be giving them personal data and financial information when you think you are only communicating with your bank or a retailer.


- Install comprehensive security protection. 

Install reputable security software, ensuring it has real-time and browser protection.
We suggest AVG FREE


- Do your homework.

Make sure you are familiar with the website's refund and returns policies, privacy policy and legal notices.


- Be click aware

Don't be fooled into clicking on links in e-mails that could be to cyber-criminals masquerading as legitimate retailers, businesses or financial institutions.


- Look for the signs.

The web page where you are paying should start with "https" or "shttp" and there should be a security icon at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen indicating that the website has a security certificate. Double-click on the security icon to see if the name on the certificate matches the retailer.


- Pay using a secure method.

Use a credit card that allows you to contest transactions before you pay instead of a debit card that immediately withdraws money from your account, making it more difficult to recover. Use a separate card with a low limit for online purchases, thus limiting the amount a thief can charge if your information is stolen.


- Don't give out too many details.

Your basic contact information and credit card details are all that are needed to process a credit or debit card payment. Check if there is a privacy policy to protect your data.


- Keep records of the transaction.

Print and save records of any online transactions, including the product description, the price and the receipt of payment. You'll need to report this information to the authorities if the site turns out to be fraudulent and you are trying to recover your money.