Is online shopping really safe?

60% of Australians who use the internet also buy goods and service online.* However, security is still a major concern and online shoppers want to know that their privacy and information is being protected.

If you are an online shopper, here’s four things to consider to make your online shopping experience a safe one:

1. When you place your order and go to purchase it on the checkout page, make sure there is a padlock icon before the url and that the url has https written before it. This means the site has an SSL certificate, which protects your credit card data.

Caring Canary has an SSL certificate to ensure your payment information is protected

Caring Canary has an SSL certificate to ensure your payment information is protected

2. Never give out too much information. A website doesn’t need to know your birthday, license number or mother’s maiden name for payment purposes.

3. Check your bank statements online regularly, don’t wait for the monthly statement in the post. Sometimes we forget about transactions or withdrawals months down the track, so try to keep ontop of your account activity on a regular basis. Call your bank immediately if you see any suspicious transactions.

4. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t buy it. If a website has a lot of spelling mistakes, bad quality images and no contact details, listen to your gut instinct and hit the close button.

*Australian Gift Guide, May 22nd 2016.