Safety tips for online shopping

New technologies, and especially the rise of smartphones and tablets, have led to a considerable increase in online shopping. In fact, Spain is one of the countries where this practice is becoming increasingly common. Although companies have made sure that their websites are increasingly secure, it is important that we take into account some security tips if we are going to buy on the Internet.

For this reason, today we present you with a small guide so that you can make your purchases with greater security:

1. Shop around before you buy
As you would do in any shop, compare before you buy. If you compare prices and qualities in your daily shopping, you should do the same on the Internet.

2. Find out about the website
Look for information about the website where you are going to make the purchase. Forums, blogs, social networks, user communities... everything is valid so that you can form a reliable and fairly accurate opinion of what you want to buy and the sites that offer the best guarantees.

3. Update your browser
Keep your browsers up to date, so that they can warn you of dangerous practices such as phishing - data and identity theft via the Internet - and to show you the SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificates that guarantee the security of the page you are visiting and at the same time protect your personal data. You will be able to distinguish them easily by seeing a padlock icon in your browser bar.

In addition, it is essential that you keep your browser history clean to improve the security of your browser.

4. Activate mobile alerts
It is also advisable to activate an alert service on your mobile phone that alerts you every time a transaction or purchase is made with your credit card.

5. Take out insurance
You should know that the main credit card companies offer the possibility of taking out insurance so that, in the event of fraud or theft, they will refund you the amount that has been fraudulently taken from you.

6. Use secure payment methods
Payment gateways that act as intermediaries between merchants and users, such as Paypal, also have measures to protect against possible incidents. In this way it is possible to recover the money in case you do not receive your purchase.

Find out which payment methods are the safest.

7. Read the small print
It is not advisable to rush when shopping online and if you are going to buy for the first time on a site, read its conditions, privacy policies, data processing... in short, make sure that it is a trustworthy website.

8. Look for the security seals
Finally, make sure that the website has security seals that show that the purchasing process is secure. You can find out more about security seals for online shopping in this article.