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Christmas 2020 will differ from the rest for many reasons, for example, in the way we shop. This year in particular, many people choose to do many of their Christmas shopping online.

Given this reality and the dangers that sometimes appear when shopping online, we leave some tips and advice to buy more safely. They are simple ways to keep bank details safe from cybercrime.

1. Buy only from trusted online stores

To minimize the risk involved in online shopping, we should start by avoiding suspicious stores, with no proven evidence in the market, or with reviews little positive. Furthermore, we must choose reputable sellers to avoid scams.

For most purchases, these are the best online stores, taking into account consumer protection policies, prices, product offerings and ease of use. Additionally, for those looking for the new Sony console, these are the best stores to buy PS5 in UK, stock remain scarce.

There are offers too good to be true

During the festive season, the typical miscreant bets on the notion that no one can resist a good price. This is where users should be even more attentive, especially if they find products from luxury brands or gadgets at values ​​well below the market price.

Extreme promotions are suspect and occur in almost all online stores, usually posing as legitimate sellers. Attention to the seller and reviews and reputation.

2. Search for websites that use HTTPS encryption

HTPS encryption

Before proceeding to the shopping cart, it is best to check if the online store uses encryption. This can be detected by the logo of a small padlock in the address bar of the browser and a web address that begins with “https: //”.

This type of encryption ensures that sensitive data, such as account credentials, will not be sent clearly, adding an extra layer of protection. This regardless of whether you are shopping using home Wi-Fi or a hot spot Public Wi-Fi (to be avoided).

Note that there are already fraudulent websites that use encryption to reinforce the deception.

3. Use security software that includes protection on the Internet

VPN schemes

When shopping online, one of the best security measures to adopt is to use a complete security solution. As a rule, they include features like blocking suspicious websites, as well as protection against most types of attacks, and even payment protection for purchases and transactions.

Additionally, it is also possible to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN), ExpressVPN being the best option, but there are other options among the best VPN today.

4. Think before buying or providing personal information

What we buy, where, and what kind of information the store asks for while completing the purchase. These are questions to ask before proceeding with online shopping.

If you decide to buy, you’ll want to check the data that the seller requests. Here we must fill in only the necessary information and not share too much. This is to prevent data from getting into the wrong hands in the event of an information leak.

5. Check the extract and act quickly

In case of suspicious behavior – after consulting the statement – contact the credit card provider and the store.

After making a purchase, it is a good idea to check your account balance and make sure everything goes smoothly. If anything is incorrect, contact your credit card provider immediately to understand what is going on. So, if something suspicious arises, you can avoid losing money to cybercriminals by blocking cards.

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