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Where one had to visit countless of stores before making a purchase, the Internet has in recent years revolutionized. More and more people make their purchases online. Whether it’s a new sweater, a book or a TV. Online shopping also has many advantages. So you can read, with the click of a mouse button, a lot of reviews of the product, compare different promotions and go worldwide shopping instead of going to the nearest shops. But online shopping has its disadvantages when you are not being careful on the Internet.

The dangers of online shopping
Online shopping may be a great, useful evolution on the Internet, however it does pose some risks. Big stores like Amazon, Shopify or Bol.com may have established a serious reputation, but there are still many smaller stores on the internet with their own web shop. The web shop at which you order, can always be a fraudulent website, launched by hackers who want to run off with your personal data. Even if the merchant does exist, you still have the risk to give your payment information to hackers. If the shop does not use a “secure encryption protocol”, then your data is not protected during the payment process. This way, hackers can intercept your data and they can make purchases with your payment information.

How safe is online shopping?
Do these dangers mean that you will keep to the traditional ways of shopping? No. But it is advisable to ensure that you place your orders safely. We give you some possibilities so that you can buy things safely over the Internet.

To check if your payment is made safely you can check the URL of the web shop. If the URL begins with https, then it is a secure connection and your payment information is protected against possible hackers.

A second option to prevent fraudulent practices is by avoiding public connections. These public free connections are often unsecured so each user of the network could spy on another user. In this way it is quite easy for a hacker to intercept your personal data. Also read: This experiment shows how dangerous it is to use public Wi-Fi.

If you do make a purchase by using public Wi-Fi, then make sure that you use a VPN. This is a virtual private network which provides a secure connection on a public network. This way, you will shield your data from other users on the network.
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