It’s shopping season, and with more and more of us choosing to do our buying online, here are some tips for safe online practices courtesy of the Ontario government.
Never use a public wifi network for online transactions. It may be convenient, but public wifi connections do not offer the security recommended for a financial transaction. A strong password protected connection at home is your best bet. Before sharing personal or financial information online, confirm that the final payment web page is protected with encryption. Security features are different for every browser. The 2 most common signs of a secure page are a web address that begins with H. T. T. P. S. and a padlock symbol that you can click to see the security information. Then check for additional charges there may be taxes, duty and other shipping and handling charges included in your purchase especially when buying internationally. Make sure you understand any additional charges included in the final price and double check the listed currency. If it’s not Canadian the exchange rate will affect the final price. Get to know the refund policy and if you’ll have to pay to ship back a return. Finally save or print the payment confirmation page.