Christmas is just around the corner , and with it the traditional headaches about what to buy from whom return. Full stores, endless queues, lack of time… all these factors mean that every year more people decide to make their purchases online .
The convenience of being able to do it from home and at any time, together with the possibility of comparing various prices from different stores, make online shopping a very attractive method to get rid of the typical Christmas stress. But do we know how to buy insurance online?
7 Tips for buying online safely
1. USE A WI-FI OR SECURE INTERNET CONNECTION
Although it is comfortable and easy to navigate and buy connected to networks of bars, shopping centers or stores, the truth is that these networks are usually not very secure. Information packets transmitted over public connections can easily be captured by hackers or cybercriminals. For this reason, to make purchases or operations in which you are going to transfer important personal information, we recommend that you do so through a secure network.
2. KEEP YOUR COMPUTER UPDATED:
Making purchases online is one of the processes in which we transfer the most personal and dangerous information. For this reason, before you start shopping, make sure your computer is secure , updated and that you have a good antivirus product installed .
3. BUY FROM WELL-KNOWN AND REPUTABLE WEBSITES
Searching the net for the best offer we can reach unknown and unreliable websites. Stay away from them. Check that the url of the site matches the web where you think it is and that its address begins with https. Buying on reliable websites with a recognized online reputation will prevent you from being a victim of data or identity theft.
4. FIND AND REVIEW THE PRIVACY AND RETURN POLICY
5. GIVE ONLY THE NECESSARY PERSONAL DATA AND DO IT SAFELY
If you are surprised that they ask you for some personal information (mobile, family name, place of birth…) to make the purchase, do not do it and check that you are in the right place. In addition, tools like Panda Security’s virtual keyboard can prevent data theft if your computer is infected by a spy virus.
6. AVOID LINKS IN EMAILS AND ADS
Is the offer you just received in the mail too good to be true? So it probably isn’t. On these dates, ad campaigns and emails with offers and great discounts are a tool widely used by cybercriminals. Avoid phishing.
7. PERIODICALLY CHECK THE MOVEMENTS OF YOUR CREDIT CARD
After making several purchases online, check that all the charges on your account are known and that you have them under control . If any are suspicious, contact your bank, you may have been a victim of identity theft.