Many of us now prefer to shop online: you can avoid the queues, it’s easier to compare goods and prices…

No doubt Christmas is one of the times of the year when most online transactions take place. That’s why we want to offer you some tips for shopping online safely.

6 tips for shopping online safely at Christmas

1. Use a secure WiFi or Internet connection

It’s convenient (and cheaper) to use public WiFi connections that are not password-protected.

When you connect from your house or from the office, you know who is responsible for the network and who else could be connected, but on a public network, anyone else could be connected.

For this reason, it is far better if you are going to make transactions online -such as Christmas shopping- to do so from a secure Internet connection.

2. Keep your computer up-to-date and protected

Bank details are some of the most sensitive data that you can transfer across the Internet and they are essential when making such transactions. If this Christmas you intend to buy any presents online, make sure your computer is up-to-date and properly protected.

How? Keep your operating system updated and use the best antivirus. Take a look, and choose the one that best adapts to your needs.

3. Buy from well-known sites with a good reputation

One of the first things you should do when shopping online is check that the URL of the website coincides with the website where you think you are and that it begins with HTTPS.

Buying only from reputable online stores will help prevent you from falling victim to data or identity theft.

4. Check the privacy and refunds policies

Check their privacy policy. It should be in a visible place and up-to-date.

Can you return the goods? And what if you want to change something, say, for another size? These are also important things to consider when choosing places to shop online.

5. Don’t follow links in emails and ads

At this time of year it’s not unusual to receive thousands of ads for unbeatable offers. Though it’s worth stopping to think if they aren’t just too good to be true. 

Such adverts and email campaigns with offers and fantastic discounts are often used as a tool by cyber-criminalsAvoid phishing scams and don’t fall into the trap.

6. Keep an eye on your credit card transactions

It is also important that after making purchases online you check that all the transactions in your statement are the ones you have made yourself.

If you see anything suspicious, get in touch with your bank.

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