When you find a new shopping site, check it out cautiously. Where is it based? Read the ‘About’ section and make sure there is a postal address. How long has it been in business? Are transactions secured by a well-known source?
When you do place an order online, check for the security icons: a padlock at the bottom of your browser, a logo for a renowned security brand, and an URL that begins with “https”.
Create a new email address for shopping only. Your order updates, newsletters, and marketing junk will arrive here, so you’ll only need to check in occasionally.
Look for the check-box that lets you opt-out from information sharing. Companies which intend to pass on your personal information are obliged to ask your permission. However, sometimes they will display a box which has already been checked they’re just waiting for you to miss it and click ‘ok’. Make sure you find that box, and uncheck it!
When the shop asks you to create a password, think of something that’s a combination of letters or numbers – not an easy word like a name or month. Keep a selection of passwords ONLY for online shopping (so your bank and email passwords are completely different).
Pay with a credit, not debit, card. The insurance is better – your credit company will investigate and protect you against any unexpected transactions or losses.
Hate pop-ups while you’re shopping? Install a pop-up blocker. Internet Explorer 7 features a free blocker but you can download similar software from other sources too. And fingers crossed our favourite stores will say no to pop-ups very soon.
Most of the sites offering online shopping facility are now-a-days having secured ways for doing online transactions easily without any frauds. And regarding privacy of your personal information they will ensure whether you want your details to be accessed by third party companies..which should be selected by you..If it is not provided by site in privacy and other condtions.
Avoid sites if no such details are provided and go for some top online shopping sites only..
See that the site has the beginning https, s means secure, also see whether Green Pad Lock symbol is there which means the connection is secure, if you click on the pad lock symbol and click on certificate information you can get to know the validity of the site till what date is valid.