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Things you are doing wrong while shopping online

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The ease of shopping with the comfort of your smartphone or desktop without having to step out an inch of your comfort zone has revolutionized the way we approach the purchase-sell trade mechanism. The process of taking the trouble to go out on your way to visit the local shops physically and scan through dozens of similar products has become significantly outdated. As compared to that inefficient and tedious shopping procedure, online shopping provides optimal convenience bundled with a mindboggling amount of diverse product options.

In addition to all that, online shopping sites provide a significant advantage over its traditional counterpart, and something that plays a key role in enhancing your shopping experience – discounts. Online stores are known notoriously for their incredible deals and offer they provide on almost every category of shopping items, so you don’t have to burn a hole in your pocket while trying to make your monthly savings (ironically). There is, however, a substantial degree of cyber risks involved every time you switch on your web browser to use the service of online shopping portals.

Over the years, the number of cybercrimes and scams has increased significantly, which further fuels the skeptical nature of shopping online. While the lurking threat of cybercrime cannot be entirely eliminated, there are a copious number of precautionary steps you can undertake (or things you might be doing it wrong) to ensure you shop on the internet with optimum safety and security as well.

  1. Clicking the Click Bait ads

Clickbait, as the name suggests, is the most common and widespread form of online scams you will encounter while shopping online. However, the majority of online shoppers, especially newbies, tend to develop a weak knee the moment they sniff any sign of cheap discounts and offers. A large proportion of con online webshops offer (promises) jaw-dropping deals on their products in an attempt to entice your attention and obviously your personal bank information. These websites achieve their objective goal (s) by letting you click on an unencrypted website that exposes your personal data whenever you enter your personal or bank details on their web portal. You can encounter clickbait ads everywhere on the internet, starting from your web browser’s home page to the inside (content) page of a completely insignificant website you may be currently browsing.

Of course, there are a handful of cheap websites that offer genuine discounts on various products/ gadgets such as  These webshops are both genuine and safe to browse/ shop as well without the fear of compromising your personal or bank information. As long as you are not certain of the genuine identity of a particular website, you should not risk clicking on such clickbait ads.

  1. Giving away your personal bank information

Over the years, the process of making cashless payments online has become so common that people no longer invest a fraction of their time to think before making any type of online transactions. However, the absurd magnitude of risk involved in making such transactions is undeniable. While making such transactions, you are practically giving away your credit/ debit card information for free, and that, obviously, does not qualify as a smart venture. You should always opt away from giving away your credit card information for any type of online purchase, especially if the identity of the webpage is questionable.

Another relevant area where you can take a crucial precautionary step is to avoid making any type of online purchase or even browse dubious websites while you are using a public Wi-Fi internet network. These public networks are unencrypted, which means they do not offer any layer of protection when you transfer your data on the shopping portal. Hence, you should opt for a more secure transaction option, such as cash on delivery.

  1. Not Inspect the authenticity of the webpage

There is a vast multitude of techniques that you can undertake to check whether the webpage you are about to visit is authentic or not, especially if the website appears significantly new, as opposed to some of the more popular online shops such as Amazon, Target, or eBay. Merely clicking on to such new web portals puts your identity and, more importantly, your bank account data in jeopardy. One of the most crucial and effective methods of examining the authenticity of the website is to check for online reviews. Genuine websites will always present itself with a convincing alibi in the form of abundant online reviews, either about their services or their products.

A scarcity of online reviews usually means you have to venture out with some additional safety measures to ensure you do not get scammed with fake products or bogus payment options. In addition, you can check for the website domain name (https and not HTTP). The “s” at the end of the domain name signifies the safety status of the webpage, which implies the website is encrypted and safe to visit/ browse.

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