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Shop safely online

Shopping online can be fun and convenient but are you doing all you can to keep yourself and your family safe on the internet?

Do you know how to keep your credit card secure whilst shopping online? Is your card registered for added security measures such as Verified by Visa, MasterCard Secure or American Express SafeKey?

Here are some steps for safe online shopping;
  • Website URL address security: Look for the https at the start of the URL and make sure the green bar and padlock are present in the browser bar.
  • Wifi security: Check you are connecting to the right network. Avoid making financial transactions on public wifi and use a password protected network.
  • Avoid unsolicited emails: Links and files in unknown emails could be a scam and hold viruses or take you to fake sites to collect your personal or financial details.
  • Using online banking: Check your statements regularly or get mobile alerts for your bank account.
  • Beware of fraud: Report any suspicious activity to Action Fraud as well as your bank
  • Remember to Log Out: Always log out after an online transaction instead of just closing down the browser.
  • Security Software is essential. Use age appropriate filters to monitor your children’s activities and block inappropriate online activities. Update regularly!
  • Social Networks: These are increasingly used by fraudsters. Watch out for things like fake friend requests and YouTube links containing malware.
  • Tickets: Be cautious when buying tickets online. Figures suggest that 1 in 10 ticket buyers have purchased fakes at some time.
  • Use a secure payment site such as PayPal unless you know who you’re paying money to.
  • Ideally ensure you know who you are buying from.
  • Register your credit card with Verified by Visa, Mastercard Secure or American Express Safekey for added security.
  • The sale of goods act applies to online sales in the UK – so make sure you are buying from the UK!
  • Read terms and conditions before agreeing, as accepting is entering into a legally binding agreement!
We can all do our bit to make Hampshire an even safer and better place to be so if you have information about ANY crime, please do not hesitate to give Crimestoppers a call on 0800 555 111. You can also log on to to give information online anonymously. For those of you Twittered up, please follow me @HantsCrimestopp for regular updates.

PC Simon Wright

Article posted on: 02 November 2015

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