TECH BYTE: Avoid Getting Scammed While Shopping Online
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — If you still didn’t get all of your shopping done on Black Friday or earlier this holiday season, you’re running out of time!
Not everyone can make it to a physical store to get their holiday shopping done. That’s why the Internet’s so great!
However, it is easier to get scammed online, so don’t let it happen to you.
For starters, digital privacy experts with NordVPN say you should stick to “https” websites, because they’re more secure.
Double check and make sure the URL is correct before putting in your personal information when you buy something.
You should also look out for shortened URLs. Experts say shortened versions make it easier for scammers to hide a link to a bad website.
Again, make sure it’s legitimate and with a reliable source before clicking any links.
Another tip from NordVPN – try to avoid shopping using public WiFi and public computers.
There’s more likely to be poor security, making it easier for hackers to breach any weak connections.
Also, be wary of third-party sellers. Websites like eBay, Amazon, and Etsy are often reliable, but there are some bad “sellers” out there.
Always read through reviews – make sure those aren’t fake either – to see that the seller is dependable, and not out to rip you off with a bad product or counterfeit items.
Make sure to check the “sold by” and “ships from” sections to see that you’re buying from certified retailers.
It’s always a good idea to compare prices on different websites too. Just keep in mind – if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Once you’ve already bought all of your holiday gifts, keep an eye on when your items ship, and save all of your tracking numbers.
Make sure to order your gifts soon if you want them in time for Christmas.
The arrival dates can fluctuate – especially with so many shipping delays right now.
Two-day shipping isn’t guaranteed.
And don’t forget to monitor your bank and credit card statements. The quicker you spot something unusual on your account, the better!
It’s even a good idea to have strong passwords and two-factor authentication for websites that have your payment information on file.