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May 7, 2017

How to Find Safe Sites for Our Online Shopping

by John_A

The Internet has opened up a whole new world of shopping for us, and this has brought both good and bad things. Online shopping can be used to buy all kinds of things we never thought we could get hold of, but that search for the perfect purchase also can lead us into dangerous places.

What this means is that we need some level of security when visiting sites. There are obvious rules such as secure connections, known and trusted methods of payment, and of course the reputation of the website you are buying from. The number one rule is to shop on sites you can trust, but what about when that isn’t possible?

This is when we start to search for other sites, and sometimes the results provided aren’t exactly as safe as we would like them to be. What we need then is something that can test that linked site and see what its reputation is. Thankfully we have methods to do this.

Add ons such as Web of Trust have the ability to not only check the link to make sure it is safe, but also give a guide as to how reputable they are. A good example would be that if WOT highlights the link as red (high risk) then this is a big sign that you shouldn’t risk your details and your money on that site. More than that, you should not even visit the site.

While common sense is the greatest tool to use when looking for online shopping sites, there are also other means of checking up on the site. Read reviews for the store and see what people are saying about it. If there are complaints about the quality of service, chances are it is best to use another site. It is better to be safe than sorry.

If there is one thing that helps us on the Internet, especially around online shopping, it is reputation. Whether it be the reputation built on security of the site, word of mouth, or even virus and malware checks on the site, we are provided with plenty of information as to whether we should trust the site.

Check the online store before you use it, be sure you can trust it, and see what other customers have said about it. The rule is to be safer than sorry, and when you are providing not only your personal

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