Things to Check when Buying Online

10 May, 2007 | Internet TipsTipsTechVfd

As I've already said, buying online isn't as dangerous as it is sometimes made out to be, but that you still need to be aware of the risks. So, if you followed the previous advice on how to research a product and how to check up on an online retailer you are at a store, ready to buy.

If you're happy with the site (or it's the only place you can get an item, as happens), make sure when you're submitting credit card details that you are using a secure page. It's not ideal, but it's generally OK for pages where you submit your ordinary details to be insecure, but your card details MUST be submitted securely. Likewise, NEVER send card details by email (that's a general rule, not just for this).

How to tell if a page is secure or not.

Lastly, make sure you get a copy of your order (ideally with the company name and address on) with some sort of reference number. Don't take the chance they'll email it to you, use a PDF printer (such as doPDF) to save a copy or print a hard copy and keep it somewhere safe.