How to Stay Safe While Holiday Shopping Online

Safe practices to follow when shopping for gifts.

‘Tis the season of merriment and gift-giving. However, if you’re like most of us, the thought of busy shopping malls and endless checkout queues fills you with dread. Online shopping has opened up many doors for us, allowing us to get all of our holiday shopping done in the comfort of our homes, all the while finding the best bargain. However, shopping online comes with its own set of risks. To help you stay safe while browsing the web this festive season, take a look at our top tips.
Use safe websites. Only shop from websites that you know and trust. Always look for HTTPS in the URL and the green padlock icon in the browser bar which indicates that the communications between you and the site are secure.

Avoid shopping on public Wi-Fi. Public Wi-Fi may be handy but it’s not secure. This unsecured network means that hackers can easily access your information, gaining your credit card details if you shop online. Only use your own private Wi-Fi at home to complete your holiday orders.

Be aware of deals. Remember that if a deal is too good to be true, it probably is. Heavily discounted branded items could be an indication that the company is fraudulent.

We hope that these tips help you to stay safe while holiday shopping online. For all of your personal and commercial insurance needs, contact the team at Sausman Insurance Agency.