If you have never shopped online, you must’ve been living under a rock – there is every reason to do online shopping – there are a lot of bargains there, you can “window shop” with mouse clicks, there is a huge selection of goods and shipping is secure, fast and even the returns are easy. However, certain threats do exist – phishing attacks are present, where cybercriminals pretend they are an eCommerce business, asking for your credentials. Here are some tips on how to shop safely for designer goods online.
Of course, Google is widely used for everything from deciding what movie to watch, to shopping. Google searches, however, tend to display most things online and one could get tricked into entering a fake website or a seemingly trustworthy one. This is why using familiar websites to search what you want buy is so important. This is especially true when it comes to designer goods – the cybercriminals are usually looking to trick people with big-name-brand items. Fake websites may include similar names as original sites, only misspelled, or using a different top-level domain (.net instead of .com). It is recommended that you browse and shop only on trusted eCommerce websites.
Buying stuff online means sharing your credit card information, which gives full access to the retail website. Official retail websites will never share your credentials or your balance with anyone – their business relies on confidentiality. Most of popular shopping websites, such as eBay or Amazon have SSL certificates at least, which means that they have encryption installed. The danger of shopping doesn’t only lie in malicious websites, but also in those that are unsecure. This is why shopping at a website without a lock next to their URL is unsafe (this symbol indicates that the site benefits from SSL encryption) – they are easily hackable and you may end up with a lot of lost funds. Websites that sell second-hand designer goods are a typical target of hacker attacks and often aren’t protected.
Always be careful about the information you give and who you give it to. Although it’s fairly obvious that you should give your information only to trustworthy sites, make sure that you understand what a legitimate eCommerce website really needs from you. What they definitely do not need is your social security number and your birthday, so these are clear signs of untrustworthy websites – when combined with your credit or debit card number, this information can do a whole lot of damage.
Finding legitimate items is especially important when shopping for designer goods – if you’re browsing for this kind of stuff, chances are that you’re into legitimate goods. There’s no better advice here than to visually check for signs of whether an item is genuine or otherwise – if this is unclear on the offer you’ve found, skip it and look for a better one with more pictures. There are many Internet entries out there that show you how to separate the real items from fakes, so get to know the signs when you’re shopping for designer sunglasses online, for example – original Ray Bans will always have their brand name written on several parts of their product.
Use Mobile Data instead of Unknown Wi-Fi
We all love free Wi-Fi, but therein lies many a danger. Cybercriminals often target insecure Wi-Fi hotspots in order to steal money from users’ accounts. If you’re outside and on your phone, doing shopping, we recommend that you use your mobile data plan, instead of some random free Wi-Fi.
Buying designer goods has been made significantly easier and more affordable with eCommerce, but we have to account for many dangers. Follow these guidelines in order to make sure that you’re completely safe and enjoy your brand new designer items safely!