Lets face it, we are living in a digital age. Everything is being done online from buying food, making hotel reservations to selling cars but not everyone is honest as has always been the case. So when using the internet to shop you need to on your guard against online shopping scams. I have been using the internet for many years now doing a number of things and along the way i have gain a fair amount of knowledge, experience and understanding so i would like to share some tips and tricks that i found to be able to distinguish if an e-commerce site is legit before i punch in my credit card details or pay for products by any other means.
Https is a secure extension of http ( hypertext transfer protocol ) in which communication between your browser and a webpage is encrypted. This is important so that hackers, your isp and anyone else eavesdropping cannot see what you type on a webpage, its this technology that makes stuff like online banking possible. You know a site has https usually by a green padlock icon in the address bar and “https” also in the address bar.
2) ANDROID OR IOS APP
Most serious and profitable online stores are offering apps for android and ios that you can download directly from their website for a more comfortable mobile browsing experience. Scam websites generally won’t go through the expense and hassle of setting this up, so an app is a good sign a website is legit.
3) AFFILIATE PROGRAM
Another good sign a shopping website is legit is if they have an affiliate program set up with a reputable affiliate network, such as SHAREASALE and COMMISSION JUNCTION. These affiliate networks only work with legitimate businesses, so this is a good indicator a shopping site is trustworthy.