Shopping online is one of the most convenient things that modern technology has afforded us. For shoppers who don’t like the hassle of walking around crowded places or lining up in long queues, online shopping is the best alternative to shopping malls and other public venues. Additionally, in recent years, shopping online has become much more convenient via mobile payment solutions. But while you may enjoy scouring the Web for cheap deals in the comfort of your home, your shopping accounts and financial transactions could be compromised by countless prying eyes. Due to the nature of e-commerce and the thousands of options for online shops, it can sometimes be hard to tell if you’re dealing with a legitimate merchant or a bogus one.
Just as shoppers need to take security measures when shopping in brick-and-mortar stores, online users should also be aware of the risks involved when it comes to online transactions. Ideally, we all think of securing our credit card information, and that’s good. But that’s not the only privacy concern we should think of.
In light of Data Privacy Day, we underline the importance of protecting your privacy when it comes to shopping online. Web threats are no longer limited to malware and scams. Attackers know that the more you do any online activities, you also increase the risk of revealing more information about yourself, especially when you’re looking to make a purchase. Hence, searching for items alone could lead you from one website to another, and this increases the chance of stumbling upon a malicious one.
Now that data breaches and incidents of hacking and identity theft are becoming more common, online shoppers should protect themselves against likely attacks that could threaten their privacy. There are a number of different methods that can be used to invade a user's privacy, and sooner or later, an unaware user is bound to run into threats such as phishing, online scams, spam, Internet fraud, and malicious URLs. Here are general tips on how to secure and maintain your privacy and security when shopping online:
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