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KEEPING US SAFE ONLINE – WHAT CONSUMERS SHOULD DO WHEN INVESTIGATING A NEW WEBSITE

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Surfing the web is accessible to many and it creates an environment for us as consumers that is mostly safe but can be dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing. Luckily, there are many simple things that you can do to keep yourself when browsing online. Let’s take a look at some of the best things that you can start to do for yourself.

Head to Third-Party Review Sites

Before you commit to giving a site any sort of information, or making a purchase, you should think about heading to some third-party review sites for a clearer picture of what to expect from here. These give consumers to give a true picture about what they can expect when using these online services.

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You could start by looking at reviews and testimonials on your chosen site. However, the issue there is that they can be edited so more negative ones do not always appear. A third-party site will always give you a clearer indication of what the service might actually be like. Remember to check out reviews for every delivery partners too. Many a company can be let down by poor delivery of products!

Investigate Free Demos

Some companies will let you gain an insight into what they can offer by giving free demos of their services and products. If there is an option to use these, you should always opt for one. Often, it will give you the full product if it is a software or just a small sample if it is a physical product. However, a free demo is one of the best ways to see what you might be getting well before you actually spend any money.

This can come in so many forms. You could get to play games without a registration process if you are looking for a new place to play online. You could try a piece of software that has caught your eye for your business. Whatever it might be, you should always have a good look to find out what you can grab for free.

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Visit Safe Sites

Nowadays, every website needs to adhere to a strict set of rules to be considered safe. You as a consumer need to make sure that you are only visiting these safe websites. If your browser tells you that you have a potential threat, leave the website immediately and try to find an alternative. Every website needs to have a valid SSL certificate, and ideally you want to only be browsing on fully protected sites.

The onus is not entirely on the websites. Make sure you have a good antivirus software that has add-ons to monitor your browser too. You also need to make sure that you are using complex passwords that are unique for every website. Finally, consider using ewallets and other software to pay for things online so your card details are not stored on any websites. These are all easy and safe steps we should all be taking to ensure that our personal details are kept safe online.

When consumers head to a new website, it should be safe in the knowledge that nothing bad can happen to them onsite. However, there are many devious individuals on the internet, and it is never a bad idea to ensure that we have some basic protections in place to try to combat their attacks. Make sure you have some in place for yourself before you next go online, and never be afraid to leave a site behind if it does not offer the level of safety you want!

Don’t forget to check out legal software too.

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