Online shopping: Shop happy and safe

Tuesday, 6 November 2012 - 3:51pm IST | Place: Bangalore | Agency: dna

Online shopping has become one of the most convenient and popular ways to shop. DNA shares tips on what you should keep in mind for a safe online shopping trip.

It’s festive time and while shoppers are busy surfing and shopping big time online, cyber criminals are on a lookout for their next target.

So, whether you’re logging on using a PC, Mac or mobile device, it’s important to stay one step ahead of cyberscrooges by being ultra vigilant about scams. Amit Nath, Country Manager, India and SAARC, Trend Micro tells us what to bear in mind.

Use smartphones in a smart way
Browsing internet using smartphones is becoming popular and so is malware targetting mobile devices. Use only respected sites for online shopping while on the move.

Redeem coupons from legitimate companies
Online deals which give discounts while purchasing something are becoming highly popular. Beware of these over the festive season since these coupons often ask to give out personal information including credit card details at the time of redemption.

Bookmark reliable online shopping sites
Check the page rating of a site listed on a search engine results page before clicking its link. Do not click suspicious-looking URLs even if these appear as top search engine results. Consider a link suspicious if any or some of its components are made up of random characters. When visiting a site for the first time directly type the URL in address bar to avoid visiting bad sites.

Watch out for Facebook scams
Appealing promotions and contests on Facebook are a prime way for cyber criminals to entice users into giving away personal information which hackers can use to their advantage. Do not shed out any sensitive details unless you are certain they come from a reliable source.

Keep cybercriminals’ hands off your coffer
One wrong move during checkout time can mean a loss of your hard earned money. Never opt for a payment option that does not offer any kind of buyer protection.

Beware of false text messages
Hackers send texts alerting users that their bank account has been compromised and to share the bank details to share it. If this happens to you, it’s best to call a familiar and legitimate number from the bank and find a problem that way.

Offers that are too good to be true, usually are
Best things in life are hardly ever free. In fact, most sites that advertise free stuff usually just gives free malware. Scrutinise online promotions, especially those come from questionable sources.

Send festival greetings from trusted sites
E-cards show all the love and concern for your loved ones, but they may spoil all by giving malware to your friends and loved ones and can be used to steal their information. Send greetings only from the trusted e-card sending sites. Go for the sites which are properly designed and enjoys higher online traffic.

So, while festive season is all about good food and good cheer, be mindful that cyber criminals use the shopping frenzy at this time of year to scam many people.

Well, now you know how crucial it is to buy an antivirus software from a respected suppliers and ensure that it is kept updated.

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