Before you type your card details into a website, ensure that the site is secure. Look out for a small padlock symbol in the address bar (or elsewhere in your browser window) and a web address beginning with https:// (the s stands for ‘secure’).
You also need to check that the website is trustworthy. Here are a few suggestions for ways in which you can reduce the risk of using an untrustworthy site:
- Be suspicious of offers that seem too good to be true. This could indicate that a site might be selling illegal or pirated items.
- If you’re not familiar with the website, you could ask trusted friends, colleagues or family members for their opinion. They might be able to offer you recommendations for alternatives.
- You could also do an internet search to see if the site you are investigating is mentioned favorably on sites you already trust.