New Delhi: Shopping for Diwali can be arduous task, especially when you’re on the lookout for best offers with the best quality products. However, the festive season also rings alarm for notorious parties to gather up their equipments and fool as many people as they can.
So how do you save yourself from this menace? How do you know that whatever information you’re sharing on a site remains only for that period of time? Here’s how you can have a safe online shopping experience:
1. Use credit cards instead of debit cards
Since credit card is not actually linked to the money you actually own, it offers more protection to the customer online. While using debit cards does not necessarily mean that you’ll be put to risk everywhere, it makes you more susceptible while shopping online.
2. Go with the brands you know
Popular brand, popular perceptions – that is usually true in most cases. While purchasing from brands you know thoroughly about can prove more expensive for you, it will, however, ensure you the safety you need. Even if there are discrepancies along the way, customer care will be availed in a jiffy.
3. Go for websites which are locked and secured
Websites with the secured https and the padlock sign signifies that the site where you are shopping is secured and will not be able to extract extra information out of you. It’s an online safety protocol that encrypts information so that data can be kept private and protected.
4. Sounds too good to be true? It probably is.
Like they say, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Like lots of the ads that you don’t want to see, there will be extra special ads on Diwali that will promise you exorbitant discounts which, in the end, only serve the agenda of the organisation behind the scheme.
5. Mobile network is great, public WiFi not so good.
If you have an active mobile connection, it is always safer to shop through the private network. Opting for shopping online through public hotspot exposes you to more networks so that you become an easy target for Diwali hunters.
6. HTTPS certificate shopping websites.
While shopping online, ensure you use only secure websites. Try to buy your products from sites that are HTTPS-certificate secure. This means, shop only from those websites that establish a uniquely secure connection between yourself and the website. By doing this you are saved from being cheated online and from your details being hacked. The URLs of these websites begin with https://.
All said, Happy Diwali shopping!