How To Protect Yourself During Online Shopping


The festival season has started. Nowadays, people are doing more online shopping. Various discounts are available on e-commerce sites during the festive season, so people are more attracted to online shopping. During this time, people try to get instant loans, shop online, avail various discounts and cashback offers. In such a situation, the more people shop online, the more fraud cases are seen with them.Cybercrime Activityalso increases during the festival season.

Criminals also know that nowadays, people will shop online, so it will be easy to fall into their trap. That's why people need to be more careful while shopping online. Things like fake ads on social media, fake websites, identity theft, fake job offers, fishing, SIM swapping, UPI fraud can put people online in a lot of trouble. You have to take special care of all these things while shopping online. Let us tell you what you should and should not do when you are on the Internet?

What should you during online?

  • With these methods, you can avoid fraud happening to you. Your one mistake can give you a big loss. Therefore, to avoid fraud cases during online shopping, you should pay attention to the written things.
  • When you shop online, you come across various offers. You have to take special note that before proceeding with any offer, one has to check the verified blue tick mark on the social media handle. It will tell you that the site you open is not fake.
  • If you want to take a loan, then you should keep some things in mind. Get accurate information about any loan offer by visiting the official website or any nearest branch office. You should not take a loan by speaking on anyone's phone.
  • If you visit the same website repeatedly, then it is better that you bookmark the site. Because sometimes, there may be another side related to it, which becomes difficult to identify.
  • In addition, if you have logged in to any site in your browser, you keep changing its password repeatedly. Make sure you use alphanumeric and symbolic characters to make your password strong.
  • Sometimes some calls offer an instant loan or ask for your information through phone/SMS/e-mail. Always beware of such unknown calls and messages.
  • Before going to any new website, you should keep one thing in mind. Websites that start with https are secure. So always go to the website, starting with https.
  • To avoid any unknown virus, you should install effective antivirus software on your device. You will find good antivirus information on Google.
  • Uninstall remote access when you no longer need it while using the Internet.
  • Use of 2 Factor Authentication for all the platforms on the Internet or online banking facility.
  • During online shopping, you also need to transact many times. So keep your contact details updated to get instant notification about transactions.
  • When you feel that you are a victim of cybercrime while online. Then report any incident related to this on the number 155260 issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.

What you should not do?

Now you also have to take care of some things you should not do while online. The information is being given below so that you read carefully and avoid the case of fraud.

  • Never share any confidential information during a phone call, even if they claim to represent a large company.
  • Well, nowadays, it has become very common to hack phone calls and numbers.
  • Never pay any advance amount for the loan as a processing fee to be refunded later. Doing so can land you in big trouble.
  • Don't click on any unknown link under the lure of getting paid.
  • You always have to keep in mind that you do not save your card details on any app or website.
  • Before visiting the original website of any company, check its review. Then, do any further process only after taking good information of that site.
  • At any time, if any attachment has been sent from an unknown mail, then it should never be opened nor reply. By doing this, a lot of information related to your device reaches the front.
  • Never share your mobile number, OTP, address, date of birth, EMI card details, PAN/Aadhaar number, or checkbook copies on social media.
  • Never click on suspicious web links received via SMS from unknown sources, as this may lead to the download of a remote control app like 'Any Desk' to your device. All the information that will happen on your phone will reach them.
  • You should avoid callers who request you to download third-party applications unnecessarily. Such callers sometimes ask for permission to access your settings.

In this way, by using all these tips, you can avoid online fraud. With the Increasing Use Of Technology, cybercriminals are becoming very active. The development of technology is essential for the development of any country, so it cannot be stopped. So you have to take care of your own safety.

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