Cybersecurity: Online shopping

Be vigilant when you shop online

Online shopping is convenient, but it shouldn’t come at the expense of safety. Here are some tips to help you shop safely online:

  • Check the security of the website you’re visiting. Look for the little padlock icon on the left-hand side of the URL bar and confirm the website you’re visiting has an address that begins with “https.” This is not a guarantee that the site is secure, but if those indicators are not there, use caution.
  • Read reviews online before buying. Read reviews of retailers you are thinking of buying from to help check that they’re legitimate and trustworthy businesses.