Don’t get caught in the Web

Top tips for safe on­line shop­ping

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - TECH TALK -

Face­book for a lens at­tach­ment that promised to trans­form my smart­phone into a DSLR cam­era. A quick Google search on the item re­vealed it to be a shod­dily made piece of junk. the next six months you can take it back for your choice of a re­fund, re­place­ment or re­pair. You must have proof of pur­chase, though. Of course, over­seas-based sites aren’t bound by our CPA, so be sure to scru­ti­nise their re­turns poli­cies care­fully. par­tic­u­larly good about cal­cu­lat­ing th­ese fees and cov­er­ing them in ad­vance in the to­tal pur­chase price.

The site gen­er­ally errs on the side of cau­tion, charg­ing a bit too much rather than too lit­tle, then re­li­giously re­fund­ing me any ex­cess once the goods have ar­rived.

Do not buy any­thing on­line from a site that doesn’t have SSL (se­cure sock­ets layer) en­cryp­tion in­stalled. You can spot such sites by the web ad­dress which should start with HTTPS:// (in­stead of just HTTP://). In ad­di­tion, your browser should dis­play the icon of a locked pad­lock next to the URL. It’s also a good idea to stick to the web­sites of well-es­tab­lished, trusted on­line re­tail­ers. Most big name on­line stores now have mo­bile apps.

Th­ese not only make on­line shop­ping while you’re on the move a quicker, less data-hun­gry ex­pe­ri­ence, many re­tail­ers will in­cen­tivise you to down­load and use their apps by of­fer­ing app­spe­cific spe­cials and dis­counted, or even free, ship­ping.

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