1. Don't use public Wi-Fi or public computers.
Free internet access is hard to resist but if we truly want to be safe from hackers, we should try to avoid using public Wi-Fi or public computers. You'll never know when unknown persons may be trying to get sensitive information from any of your personal devices. Extra caution should be practiced when shopping online.
2. Google for feedback.
If you are hesitant about purchasing from a new organization you've just heard online, the most natural thing to do is conduct a basic Google search on the company that established the site and check if there are customer reviews and feedbacks. Doing so can help you know if the company you are purchasing from is safe and secure and you will learn about the feedbacks given by past customers. After Googling, you can then decide if you will continue with the purchase or just look for other options.
3. Look for a physical address and contact details.
Another helpful online safety measure for those who are online shoppers is by searching for a physical address where the customer may go to claim the products they bought. You want to make sure that you can trust the online seller so the best way to guarantee this is by going for a visit and checking if they do have the products they are selling online or at least see if they have an office. Otherwise, how will you know that you are really purchasing an item that you want and not just being scammed?
4. Visit the site directly.
Always check the address of the site. For your protection and online safety, go to the url of the website directly and refrain from accessing website urls by clicking links from a different website or source. By doing so, you are reducing the chances of buying fake products from sites that are pretending to be popular brands and also saving yourself from allowing phishing sites to get not just your money but also your credit card information.
5. Avoid giving out credit card info.
Secure your online safety by avoiding to give out credit card and other personal info that are sensitive over email, chat or other types of social media accounts. There are lots of people out there pretending to be people from popular brands that are actually scammers, identity thieves and phishers. Keep in mind that a trustworthy online store will never ask for sensitive info.
We hope that our top online safety measures has helped you be aware of the online threats available so that you can protect not just yourself but also your loved ones from phishing, identity theft, hacking and other threats. For those who want to learn more about online safety and protection from online threats, check out Cywell, the first-of-its-kind children's app for online safety and security.