Computers are everywhere, but even more so are the mobile gadgets they spawned. In fact, there are a number of statistics that would suggest we do more shopping from our mobile devices than we do from our desktops, or all-in-ones (the new wave of desktop computers). We prefer the ease of our smart phones and iPads to the clunky keyboard and mouse attached to the desktop versions of online access. So how do we shop online safely from our mobile devices?
TIME Magazine published, The 7 Hottest Products People are Buying Online. The list included computers, fleece jackets, speakers, go carts, cameras, headphones, and FitBits. You can read the whole story here. But, whether you’re buying fleece jackets, or seeking out the best down comforter, there’s no doubt you’ve bought several things online. And if you’ve made a purchase online, chances are you need to know how to stay safe when you do it.
Mobile Shopping Safety Suggestions
As we near the holiday season, people will be spending more time online looking for the perfect gift and a great deal to boot. Some bogus sites will offer great opportunities that will really just be their chance to steal your credit card information. Here are some mobile shopping safety suggestions to consider before you purchase anything online:
- Unbelievable Deals- With phishing scams galore, emails that promise you unbelievable deals should be kept in that position: unbelievable. We all want the ability to brag about the great deal we got, but if we take chances on unknown emails, weird brands, or poorly worded ads, we might get a deal we don’t want. Like a giant credit card bill with purchases from Timbuktu! You can learn more about phishing and email sales scams here.
- WiFi Security- If you’re not certain you’re on a secure network, don’t bust out that credit card. Those free WiFi sites we all love to use in order to save on our data expenditures, are not encrypted. That means hackers can readily access the information you are transmitting. Don’t shop on free WiFi, use your own data or internet at home.
- The Lock- If the site you’re considering doesn’t have SSL encryption, don’t use it. You can tell the difference between a site that has it, and one that doesn’t, because it will start with HTTPS:// vs HTTP://. And don’t give away your credit card number over email either!
- Apps- A few years ago we wouldn’t even understand what an app was. But now this shortened version of the word, application, is thrown around like it’s been around forever. We love adding apps to our phones and tablets, especially the kind that entertain or aid in productivity. Some of those apps cost money. However, in staying safe online, don’t use a payment app you’ve never heard of, and only purchase your apps from reputable, well-known sites.
- Password- Ensure that all your passwords are strong. You’ll be creating all kinds of new accounts so don’t use the same password on them all, and make sure you create an uncrack able version. PC Mag has some excellent suggestions for that. Feel free to read more.
There are certainly other suggestions for staying safe online as you shop. And, if you’d like to do a little more research in that arena, click this.