Figures from Get Safe Online and Action Fraud reveal that £10.9 billion was lost to the UK economy as a result of fraud, including cybercrime, in 2015/16. Today, we’re giving advice on how to keep your details safe when you’re shopping online:
- Type the online store’s URL directly into your browser and then bookmark it, rather than relying on the results from a search engine where you may encounter malicious links.
- Use a different password for each site that you have to sign into, or use a secure password app – do not store your passwords on your browser.
- Always look for the “https” prefix in the URL and the padlock icon in the browser’s status bar.
- Monitor your Paypal account regularly and keep track of your purchases – many retailers offer a “tracking” service.
- If making a purchase online through a selling page, make sure you tell someone the address you are going to or arrange to meet the vendor at a neutral, public location – you don’t know who is on the other side of the transaction.
- Check with your bank or credit card service to see what support they offer if a transaction goes wrong.