Online Shopping Security
Think pickpockets and thieves can only get you in crowded shopping centres or high streets? Think again. Online shopping security is often overlooked as we tap our credit card, address and other personal details into the application or website. Online shopping is so popular and convenient – many even shop for their groceries online. Most retailers will have some form of online store or shopping portal but how many retailers have considered your online shopping security as your credit card information is sent across the internet?
Cyber criminals can intercept your information in various ways but you can protect yourself by checking a few basic features and functions before you open your wallet or purse:
Is the online checkout secure?
When you add an item to your cart or proceed to the checkout, most sites will have a padlock icon in the top left hand corner of the address bar (where you type in the website address) or some will even turn the whole bar red or green to let you know that the site has a level of online shopping security. Other signs to look for are a “https” at the start of the website address. This allows you to enter your payment information with SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption.
Is this a well known site?
While the large e-commerce sites as as susceptible as smaller sites to hackers and other cyber criminals, larger sites do tend to have a greater awareness of the need for online shopping security. If you are purchasing from a retailer that you haven’t done business with before, look for the security signs in the section above. You could also have a look at any reviews of the site from other shoppers or search for more information about the retailer.
Have you logged out of your online shopping session?
Some sites are better than others at logging you out to prevent someone else placing another order in your absence – particularly relevant if you share your computer or internet access (e.g at an internet cafe or public hot spot).
Is your anti-virus up to date?
Online shopping security goes beyond what site you go to – you also need to think about what risks there may inherent in your own computer. There are viruses out there that can log your keystrokes and send them to cybercriminals which gives them open access to your credit card details, computer, passwords, personal and business information. Most anti-virus programmes will capture the common viruses but you do need to make sure yours is up to date.
If you are thinking of introducing or upgrading an online shopping portal Binary Limited can help establish the key requirements to enhance online shopping security and give your shoppers confidence in your site.