Ecommerce has become a lifestyle for everyone. The convenience it adds to our lives is unmatched because of which it has become very difficult for many of us to not shop through the thousands of ecommerce websites running online. As the number of ecommerce shopper has increased, the ecommerce hackers have also beefed up their attacks to get their undue share out of it. This post provides you with some of the very important things to keep in mind while shopping online otherwise you can be the next prey to these hackers.
When you search for a particular item, you see a lot of websites popped out on the browser window. Earlier people believed that websites showing themselves up at the top of the search results will be the trusted ecommerce websites. This myth does not hold true any longer even if it did use to. The growth of ecommerce industry is so immense that literally thousands of websites are being added to the World Wide Web on daily basis. Therefore, never fall for such lousy and casual approach of shopping from any ecommerce site just because you found it in top search results.
The first effort to become secure is to make your own computer safe. As soon as you have installed an operating system, you should immediately install antivirus as well as good anti-spy ware software onto your PC. There is software these days which sits in your browser and monitors each of your activity. As soon as you log in with your credit card details, the software sends all that detail to a third party who had originally made the software. Installing right set of software tools will help you get rid of these kinds of severe problems.
You should also try to avoid transacting a credit card transaction on a wireless network. If you really have to use a wireless network, then be sure that it is password protected and cannot be accessed through other wireless networks without your own consent.
Whenever you are going to transact with an ecommerce website, always make sure that the prefix in the browser’s address window uses https:// instead of http://. An https:// connection with the server is a secure connection. It combines the SSL (secure socket layer) technology with it to ensure that during the data exchange between your computer and the ecommerce site network the data shared is encrypted. This encryption gives an added advantage to the data if anyone is able to have an unauthorized access to it.
Lastly but also very importantly you need to check the security verification of the site. Usually verifiably secure sites have a lock sign appearing usually at the bottom of your browser window. By clicking that link you can see the SSL certificate and also the certifying authority that issued that certificate to that particular website.
Have a safe shopping experience online!!