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The festive season is finally here. And with it comes the excitement of shopping online. It is expected that this year, there will be an incredible rise in online consumerism. Not only is it much more convenient, but online shopping is also safer. No longer do you have to get out to crowded stores and shopping malls, as everything can be done from the comfort of your home. 

But while online shopping is much safer than it used to be, there are still some precautions to take, both for consumers and online retailers. Let’s consider some safety tips for the festive season: 

Safety tips for consumers

Shop with reputable retailers

Online reviews are your best friend when shopping online. Before buying from a retailer, make sure they have a good reputation and positive reviews from other consumers. 

Check the site’s security before buying 

Before loading anything into your cart on a website, make sure the website is completely secure. This means the website should have a secure sockets layer (SSL) certificate installed. To check this, look out for a green padlock in the address bar, as well as ‘HTTPS’ before the address instead of ‘HTTP’. An SSL helps to encrypt sensitive data as it travels across the internet. 

Never enter personal information 

An online transaction will typically require information such as your name, contact details, your credit card details and a delivery address. Never share sensitive information such as identity documents, your credit card’s password, etc. 

Don’t click on dodgy links

It has been shown that hackers take more chances over the festive period. They will use many ways to hack your bank details or personal information, including emails and text messages. Never click on links that aren’t sent by trusted businesses. Always check the address from where you’ve received the communication from. 

Safety tips for retailers

Get an SSL installed 

Having an SSL certificate installed on your website is one of the best ways to make sure your site is safe and secure. It is used to keep sensitive data entered into your website encrypted as it is passed from computer to computer. 

Do frequent checks for malware 

You should frequently check for malware on your website, but even more so during the festive season. More people will be visiting your website and cybercriminals will increase their efforts to try and infect as many users as possible.

Stay safe online 

Have questions or need advice about how can stay safe online? Talk to our expert IT team today