Eid is coming, which means that many of us will be gearing up for some serious shopping. So how do you fill your online carts without compromising your security?
This is one of the things that should be taken seriously, as there are some mistakes online shoppers make, leading to stealing or compromising their information.
Here are some tips for shopping online safely in this Eid season:
1. Make Sure You Have an Active Security Software
Security software keeps monitoring your device all day, so in most cases, no malware can hide inside your device. Any piece of malware can steal your information or spy on your keyboard strokes, so sensitive information can be stolen that way.
If you have a Windows machine, then the built-in security software will be sufficient as it has many powerful features and strong protection. You can also install other well-known security apps, especially if you are running macOS or Android. Yes, smartphones need security software too.
2. Check If You Have an Encrypted Connection to the Online Store
This is important to keep your information safe.
When you visit an online store, make sure you see a lock indicator next to the website address. This indicates that the connection between you and the store is encrypted using a TLS/SSL certificate, so the information you send to the website is encrypted on transit.
Do not ever shop on a website that does not have this encryption. Any information you send can be seen by anyone who can then steal your information and use it. This also indicates that even the store itself does not follow the basic security measures.
3. Update Your Browser to the Latest Version
Every piece of software has to be updated regularly by its developers. There are many security flaws and exploits discovered every day, and hackers and phishers can use them to access your information.
So, every new update to your browser includes patches that mitigate these security flaws, and this is why you must update your browser regularly.
4. Do Not Shop Using Public Wi-Fi Networks
Public Wi-Fi networks can lead to stealing your information. This is because you do not have a secure connection to the network, so anyone inside the network can intercept your traffic. This is also known as “Man-in-the-middle Attack.”
5. Do Not Save Your Payment Information on Websites
While this can save your time and add some convenience to your shopping experience, it is also risky.
Many websites may not provide sufficient protection, or simply any security breach can leak your sensitive information to the public. Also, if a hacker successfully accesses your account, they can easily use your payment details and steal your money.
6. Do Not Give Out Your Personal Information
No online store needs your social security number, or birthday, or any of your personal information other than the required ones used for payments. The more someone has access to your information, the more they can abuse that information, and all your information can be used to steal your identity.
7. Read Website Reviews or Simply Shop on Well-known Ones
It is important to check other people’s reviews on an online store. Does it deliver products on time? Are the products genuine or fake? All of this can help you decide whether you want to shop on that website or not.
Or, simply shop on the well-known websites that everybody knows, like Amazon.
8. Keep Receipts
Every well-known website will send a confirmation email of your purchases. Do not delete these emails until you make sure you received the product you have ordered without any problems. You might need those emails if something was wrong with the purchase so that you can return it.
9. Check Your Account/Card Statement
Remember to check your account/card statement after making purchases, so you make sure that the right amount of money has been deducted.
If you are using CASHU, all you have to do is open the app, then click on “Wallet Statement.” If you are using Majd Cards, open the app, click on “Mastercard,” and choose the card you want to view its statement.
10. Beware of Phishing Emails and Messages
There are some random emails or messages that can get your attention, like huge sales or similar things. Do not ever open the links or files inside them. Check every email that gets into your inbox. Any suspicious emails can contain malware or fake links that can run some malicious code and steal your information.
11. Use Hard, Smart, and Unbeatable Passwords
First, you must not use the same password for every account you have. Do not even make your passwords similar to each other, like changing one or two characters for each one. If a hacker has got one of your passwords, they will be able to guess all other passwords for all of your other accounts.
Also, you should change your passwords periodically and never share them with others.
If you want a complete guide on how to create hard, smart, and unbeatable passwords, check out this article that we have written for you!
Remember that your online safety is a top priority. Do not forget to follow all those tips when shopping online for the Eid season, so you stay safe all the time. Happy shopping!