Amazingly, we can still sit at the comfort of our homes, surf through the internet using our gadgets and add those amazing items we desire to possess into our online carts without the slightest fear of distrust. Interestingly, it isn’t that our fears have disappeared. It is just that we have outsmarted our worries. But we can totally defeat our fears of trust and safety online by taking a couple of steps.
The first is to trust your website.
It is always safer to trust reputable online shops with reliable customer reviews. Undoubtedly, the outlook of a website bespeaks its reputation, so we can trust a website from the quality of its design. This could mean taking notes of things as common as spellings or poor expressions, sloppiness or shabbiness and poor organization. The truth is, real websites take their time to put up their contents, but the phishing site put up contents haphazardly. You can always bank on review website like reviewsbyhumans.com to make your purchases. These reviews are displays of customers’ statements to defend the authenticity of their goods and existence.
The Second is to understand that the scope of price range and website accessibility can count a website worthy of purchasing with.
It is undeniable that the price of goods in the well-known website may be quite higher than in some handclapping website. But be on the lookout because factually, handclapping websites often use price as bait. Be on the run from a website that takes you through several links before you make your purchase or website that you can’t double check the contact details they provide which include their physical address, phone number, and email address. Your prospective website of purchase should run an easy-to-use customer service system that creates an avenue for customers to complain or send a query when necessary. If your prospective website of purchase has no such avenue, it could suggest a bad management or the possibility of fraud.
The Third is by knowing you’re on a safe website. It is simple and in two ways basically.
First, you need to look for the icon of a locked padlock beside the URL in the address bar and the status bar at the bottom of your web browser. If clicked, the lock icon is expected to display a pop-up window that shows information about the SSL certificate. Understandably, sincere e-commerce sites are often encoded with Secure Sockets Layer or SSL certificates to ensure that any entry you make won’t be exposed to hackers. Not all website gets the SSL certificates, and websites that do, undergo a thorough validation process so that they can protect all entries from your browser to the website server.
The last is by choosing the right method of payments.
Reputable e-commerce websites accept both credit cards and debit cards. However, Carole Reynolds, a senior lawyer at the Federal Trade Commission hints that “The strongest protections are when you pay by credit card.” This is because according to the Truth in Lending Act, consumers’ maximum danger for unauthorized credit card usage is only $50, and it’s zero when a card is used online. Again, it gives extra protection against the possibilities of having your card number stolen. But then, using any of the debit or credit card on an SSL certified website is safer at transacting. Importantly, it is unsafe to buy anything using public Wi-Fi networks because they are often not encrypted.