3 security tips for online mobile shopping
Could you easily spend hours scrolling through online stores on your mobile? If the answer is yes, you’re not alone — scores of Brits do this every day. And it’s pretty obvious why.
When it comes to convenience, choice and ease, mobile shopping wins over bricks and mortar shops any day. We can buy whatever we want, wherever we are. There are no traffic jams, parking issues or queues when you’re shopping on your mobile — you don’t even have to make small talk with the shop assistant. It’s particularly useful if you’re trying to keep an eye on your budget, as you can easily compare stores to find the best price.
But when you’ve fallen down an online shopping rabbit hole, you can forget about the risks. To stay safe, follow our top three security tips.
- Update your software
Update reminders can be annoying — especially if we’re in the middle of doing something on our device. But they exist for a reason.
Very often, criminals are able to access data through spotting software weaknesses. Updates are designed to fortify a phone’s defences against cyber-attacks.
This is particularly important if you regularly use your gadget to go online. Most reputable brands will offer security to clients visiting their websites; but this doesn’t apply to all retailers. If your phone hasn’t undergone recent updates, it could be susceptible to safety breaches. To avoid this risk, make sure to install updates whenever prompted.
- Connect to secure servers
You may already know the value of secure Wi-Fi. It’s important at all times, but especially when it comes to online shopping. After all, this is a process that requires you to share highly personal data, such as your bank and card details. Safe Wi-Fi grants privacy on any device that’s linked to it.
Public Wi-Fi, however, doesn’t always guarantee this. They usually don’t require a password or code for entry — and so, they can attract potential hackers. So, to keep them off the scent, don’t do your online shopping over public Wi-Fi.
- Download trustworthy apps
Apps can be useful shopping portals. Typically, they’re even easier to navigate than brand websites, and they offer an interactive way of browsing. Many, for example, enable clients to save their favourite products anywhere on an app page — an opportunity that isn’t typically available on URL sites.
But beware: criminals often pose as retailers online and might use pop-up adverts for fake apps to lure internet users.
For a genuine app, look to creditable stores like Microsoft, Apple or Google Play. That way, you’ll be far more likely to find downloadable software that’s safe to use.
Armed with this knowledge, you’ll be able to keep both your device and your data safe and protect yourself against fraud.