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Be a smart cybershopper

Millions of people around the world are enjoying the convenience and fun of shopping on the Internet. Smart cybershoppers will continue to take sensible precautions. To minimize any risk , here are some ‘common sense’ practices to keep in mind:

  • Authentication Services

    'To make online shopping safer' credit card companies are now establishing cardholder identity authentication services, such as Verified by Visa, through the card issuers. Such services will let you use a personal password with your card, giving you added reassurance that only you can use your card to shop online.

  • Use a Secure Browser to Navigate the World Wide Web

    Use a secure browser - look for an“s” after the “http” in the web page address or URL.

  • Keep Your Password Secret

    Some online stores require you to register a user name and password before buying an item. Keep your Internet account password secret from outside parties. Never share passwords with anyone and avoid using easy-to-guess passwords, such as your telephone number or your birth date.

  • Use the Internet to Compare Between Shops Before Buying Online

    Compare products and prices before you buy - click around to find your item at the best price. Access to product reviews and other online information that can enhance your knowledge and help you take a more informed decision.

  • Protect Your Card Details

    Only give your card details when making purchases - do not provide them for any other reason. Never send payment information via email. Information that travels over the Internet like email, is not fully protected from being read by outside parties.

  • Check Delivery and Return Policies

    When calculating the final cost of a purchase, don’t forget shipping and handling charges or any taxes and international costs. Before completing an online transaction, read the delivery and return policies on the online store’s home page. If a merchant doesn’t post such information, it may be a good idea to shop elsewhere.

  • Keep a Record of Your Transactions

    Keep a record of your transactions - just in case you need to return an item or have a question about your purchase.

  • Be Familiar with the Online Company

    The more you know about a particular merchant, the more confident you will feel when shopping from the merchant’s website.

  • Make Sure the Online Merchants Use Industry Security Standards

    That ‘lock and key’ mark, for example, indicates that a merchant uses SSL (Secure Sockets Layer), which ensures that your communication is secured. Some merchants ask you to create a personal account that requires a password.

  • Look for Privacy Statements

    Be sure to understand a merchant’s privacy policies and explanation of how your data is protected.

  • Make Sure Your Online Transactions are Legal

    'Remember, you should use your card for legal purposes only.'

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The information on this webpage is not tax, legal or investment advice, and no member of ICICI Bank Group has given you any advice.
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