Some dos and don’ts of shopping online

2014-12-22 00:00

HERE are some dos and don’ts of online shopping.

Make sure it is a reputable business, but also make sure it is the real site.

Check the website address in your browser address bar.

If there are spelling errors or the first section of the address ends in what appears to be a strange country domain, it could be a fake version of the site.

If uncertain, do a Google or Bing search on the name of the retailer you want to visit — it will usually be one of the first results.

Make sure you have researched your purchase and that the product description is detailed enough to give you confidence that you are purchasing what you were researching.

If you are asked to give your credit card details or other sensitive information, make sure the website address starts with https:// instead of http://. That “s” tells you it is hosted on a secure server, which means your information can’t be intercepted, for example by someone at your Internet service provider. If it doesn’t have the “s”, it is an indication of a dodgy retailer.

— Witness Reporter.

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