Online shopping has revolutionized how people all over the world shop. The convenience offered is unrivaled, not to mention the ability to compare prices from different e-commerce sites with the click of a button.

Even with this convenience, online shopping can expose the shopper to unlimited risks and lead to impulse spending if one is not careful. Before you hit that ‘add to cart’ button, here is everything you need to know about the smart way to shop online that can keep you safe and help you save some money.

Only shop on encrypted websites

There are hundreds of e-commerce sites on the internet, but not all of them provide the ideal safety conditions for shoppers. Before you start shopping or even browsing products on a site, ensure it is encrypted.

You can tell if a site is encrypted by checking for a padlock button on the URL bar before the URL address. Checking for this padlock symbol is the best way to ascertain the safety of a website. To verify the security of a site, you can click on the padlock to check certifications. On a safe site, the security certificate should be issued to the site you are visiting and not any other and should show the security service that issued the certification.

Keep your personal information safe.

Online retailers will often request additional information to make your shopper experience more personalized and better. Be cautious of the information you share online. If the retail store asks for too much information, such as your social security number, this should be an immediate red flag.

Most websites only ask for your location details and your email address to tailor their marketing strategies to your needs and preferences. Be in the know of the latest online scams to be able to recognize them if they are sent your way.

Use a VPN when using public Wi-Fi services.

Public Wi-Fi connections are available almost anywhere in most cities and towns. If you like shopping on the go using public Wi-Fi networks always use a VPN to secure connection to your device. A VPN encrypts your online activities, including the information you send and the information sent back to your device.

With a VPN, you can safely shop online and even use your credit card details without worrying about hackers snooping for your personal information or account login data.  

Google shopping

When looking for a specific product online or browsing through a particular category to find the best rates, the google shopping site is the best place to get the best rates and avoid overspending. Type in the description of the product to get results for the item or the merchandise category. It gives you a detailed list that includes the charges from different retailers.

From this list, you can pick the most affordable one and save some money.

Use coupon sites

Tapping into coupon sites will steer you to available online deals. Some of the most common coupon sites include Groupon, coupon.com, RetailMeNot, and Savings.com. On these sites, you simply need to type in the name of the product you want to purchase for the site to deliver the link to retailers selling the product at discounted rates.

With these smart tips, you are guaranteed the best online shopping experience in 2021, as you stay safe and save money.