Ten secure online shopping tips from VoucherCodes.com

Ten secure online shopping tips from VoucherCodes.com 1

VoucherCodes.com, the UKs original money saving website offering voucher and promotional codes to savvy UK consumers, believes that shopping online is still the safest, securest and most sales-friendly way to make a purchase.

To back up this claim, VoucherCodes.com has put together a list of tips to help you score the best deals while also ensuring your details are being entered safely.

According to a recent survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of VeriSign, safety and security issues are still the number one concern for consumers when shopping online. Despite this fear, online shopping numbers are continuing to grow; on Cyber Monday (Monday 7 December) UK shoppers spent £4,000 every second.

James Carter, managing director of VoucherCodes.com says: Over 20% of the UK say they do not shop online due to safety and security fears. However, those consumers are missing out on incredible offerings form retailers and as long as they follow a few rules, there wont be a problem.

There are so many security measures in place that fraud has largely become a thing of the past. If anything, the threat of pick pocketing on the high street is greater than online theft especially during the run-up to Christmas in crowded high streets and busy stores.

Tips to follow from VoucherCodes.com:
1.Shop with retailers who have been checked and vetted. VoucherCodes.com has over 4000 independent and high street brands on its site and every brand has been checked to ensure they are not fraudulent. Logging onto VoucherCodes.com before making a purchase ensures you are only looking at reputable brands.
2.If you have a credit card, use it instead of a debit card when making a payment. Credit cards have built-in checks to prevent fraud while debit cards can be used by thieves as soon as details are taken. When paying by certain credit cards you are also insured, check if your credit provider offers this.
3.Simple English should be an easy giveaway. If the site is riddled with spelling errors and mistakes, then avoid using that site.
4.Be wary of detailed order forms. Filling in your name and address is one thing but when they start asking for other details, such as National Insurance, date of birth, you know you may be in trouble.
5.Major online retailers such as Amazon and ebay send confirmation forms, receipts and shipping notifications. Does the site you are shopping from offer such a service? If not, then you may want to consider an alternate e-tailer.
6.If you receive an email that seems to be from your favourite e-tailer, but the email drives you to a different website, your alarm bells should ring. Cyber criminals can create websites very similar in look in feel to the existing e-tailer. When in doubt, type the actual web address of the e-tailer you are shopping with directly into your browser.
7.If your designated e-tailer uses Verified by Visa or MasterCard SecureCode, then shop away safe in the knowledge that your funds are secured by this built-in double-check system. If the e-tailer hasnt registered, then why not register your cards yourself.
8.Check to see if the website has contact telephone contact details. Ring the number to see if anyone answers and if they do, then the site is more secure.
9.Check your browser to see if the search bar has gone green. EV SSL is the highest level of security found currently on the web. A green bar means that the site has passed the test and can be considered secure.
10.Look for the VeriSign symbol on e-tail websites as its a good indicator that the site adheres to strict online safety and security standards.

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NOTES:
1.Visit www.vouchercodes.com for more offers and to sign up to the free weekly newsletter to keep you up to date with the latest codes and discount. In addition check the Twitter feed at @vouchercodes.com. These are just some of the ways consumers can keep track of the steadily spiraling voucher codes on offer.

2.For images or further information please contact Ryan Levitt or Tracey Warmington on 01865 882988 or email the vouchercodes@bottlepr.co.uk

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