Four tips for safe online shopping

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Holiday shopping season is around the corner! With great discounts and offers, also comes the risk of online fraud and scams.

Here are four simple yet effective tips to have a safe online shopping experience:

  1. Before making any online payments, ensure a secure connection by verifying that the website’s URL begins with “https://” and has a padlock symbol in the address bar.
  2. Don’t click on links in unsolicited emails or pop-up ads; instead, directly access the retailer’s website by typing the URL into your browser.
  3. Enhance transaction security by using a secure personal network instead of public Wi-Fi, as public networks are less secure.
  4. Use a password manager to store the passwords for all your accounts, because passwords are the first line of defence against online threats.

Download the tipsheet in PDF format.

Visit the Security Matters website regularly to learn more about online safety tips and resources.