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August 7, 2019

HOW TO SHOP SAFELY ONLINE

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 Online shopping is convenient, in that you can shop around, find the best prices, and have your packages delivered right to your doorstep without ever having to leave the comfort of your own home. But getting a great deal online involves more than just getting the lowest price. You'll want to be sure that products arrive on time, that quality is what you expected, that items include a proper warranty, and that there is a way for you to return products or get support with any questions or issues you have. Apply these tips to improve the security of your shopping experience, as well as for easier tracking of your orders. 

Place orders from a secure connection 

  If your computer isn’t protected from potentially malicious software, your financial information and passwords are at risk from being stolen. Use a secure connection – make sure your computer’s firewall is on. 


Know the merchant and their reputation

  If you already know the store, shopping their online store is very safe. If you don’t know the store, it may still be the best bet; you just need to take a few more precautions. Conduct your own background check by looking at sites dedicated to reviewing e-stores. If the store isn’t reviewed or does not have favorable reviews, don’t order from their website.


Avoid offers that seem “too good to be true” 

Any e-store that promises too much at too low a price is suspicious. If the price is too low, consider whether the merchant came by the items legally, if you will ever receive the items you paid for, whether the items are actually the brand shown or a cheap substitute, if the item will work, if you will be able to return damaged goods – or if the merchant is earning extra income by selling your financial information. Disreputable online stores – like their brick and mortar counterparts, may run an absurdly low price offer and then claim the item is out of stock, to try to sell you something else in a classic "bait and switch" scam.


Is the site secure? 

  Before entering any personal or credit card info onto a shopping site look to see if the web address on the page begins with "https:", not "http:" That little ’s’ tells you the website is secure and encrypted to protect your information.


Always check the company’s shipping terms. 

  Some merchant’s charge exorbitant shipping fees that can turn a shopping bargain into an expensive mistake. Look to see if they provide tracking and insurance. Understand what carriers they use, and be particularly cautious if the item won’t be shipped within 10 days. 


Use best tracking websites

  When the items are shipped, I recommend you to use a website Order Tracking so you can get the latest updates of your order. That's how you'll know where your delivery is at any moment from the shipment and know when to expect it. 


That's it! Let the online shopping begin…


Kisses until next post,
K.

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