Many of us start our day by heading online, whether it’s to check our Facebook feeds, our emails or to see what’s happened in the world overnight. But with the virtual world taking such a distinct place in our literal world, how do we keep things safe?
Every day we hear tales of the latest internet scams or how someone lost all their savings after being hoodwinked into handing over their credit card details; the internet can be a scary place! But, if you’re super careful and as vigilant as you would be if you headed to the high street, then you should be able to keep those scammers at bay.
Here are a few helpful tips and ideas of how to stay safe when you’re shopping online.
Staying Safe When You’re Online
Read those reviews!
Those reviews aren’t just there to make a business owner feel good. No. Business reviews serve as a way to help potential customers like you or I decide whether or not we’ll do business with them. Every online website should have a review section and if you can’t find one then alarm bells should already be ringing!
Checking out the reviews is a great way to see how a company conducts itself and how it treats its customers. From a review, you can gauge how easy it is to return an item, how quickly the business deals with issues or mistakes. How they reward customers for loyalty – the list goes on. Because we’re all so eager to share our online experiences, good or bad – you can get a real feel of a business before you’ve even put anything in your cart!
It’s the basics of online safety and computing as we know it – but you’d be surprised how many of us fall at this first hurdle. If your password is the same throughout your online world then you need to change them immediately.
As a rule of thumb, all your passwords should be different, and you should create passwords that are long, use a mixture of upper and lower-case letters and are unique. Avoid things like birthdays and the names of your children or relatives – you’ll be surprised at how easy it is for people to gain that information – usually a scroll through your Facebook profile should do the trick!
Emails and messages
So, you’ve gotten a message from someone you don’t normally speak to on Facebook, asking if the person in a picture is you. To view the image they’ve sent, you’ll have to click into the attachment…sounds odd doesn’t it? Chances are that this person has had their own profile hacked and the same person is trying to get into yours.
Report any suspicious activity straight away, and never open attachments from suspicious sources. If something doesn’t seem normal then chances are it won’t be!
Remember that your bank, credit card provider or business you have been with online will NEVER ask for your log in details or your card information. Don’t be fooled!