Some Tips for Safe Shopping
Shopping online has its own Pros and Cons. I agree that there is no other place as good as this to shop, In fact, there is every reason, to shop online. There are variety of bargains. The selection is vast. Shopping is secure. Shipping is fast, even the returns are quite easy, with the right retailers we can call them e-tailers. Shopping could have never been so easier, more convenient and fun for consumers. With all these positive factors, there are also the negative ones. There is a whole world of bad guys waiting for a chance to rob you of your sign-in credentials, Credit/Debit card/Net banking information by pretending to be a real website, or even camouflage themselves as an online bank using phishing attacks on websites with malwares (malicious code aimed at compromising your privacy). So, what do you do? Well keep your calm and just using these basic guide lines you may be able to shop online quite securely (i DO NOT SAY THAT THIS IS 100% SECURE BUT IT MAY HELP KEEPING YOU SAFE).
1. Use Websites with bonafide credential: Instead of using a search engine try to start with a site well known to you as the search results may sometimes guide you in the wrong direction, especially after the first 2 or 3 pages of links. If you know the site, chances are it's less likely to be a rip off. We all know Amazon, Flipkart, Ebay etc and what they sell. Beware of misspellings or sites using a different top-level domain. The sales on these sites might look very tempting, but then, that's how they may deceive you into giving up all your vital information.
2. Look for the (Secure Sockets Layer) Lock Symbol: Never ever, buy anything online using your Credit/Debit card/Net banking from any site that doesn't have SSL (secure sockets layer) encryption installed. if the site has SSL, the URL for the site will start with HTTPS:// (instead of just HTTP://). An icon of a locked padlock will appear, typically in the status bar at the bottom of your web browser, or right next to the URL in the address bar. It depends on which browser you are using.
3. Don't Disclose All: I feel that no online shopping store needs your social security number or your birthday to do business. Please do not disclose more than require information if crooks get them, they may do a lot of damage. The more they know, the easier it is to steal your identity. When possible, default to giving up the least amount of information.
4. Keep Checking the Statements: Don't wait for your bill to come at the end of the month. Go online regularly and check all your Credit/Debit card/Net banking electronic statements. If you do see something wrong, immediately inform the concerned authorities. You have 30 days to notify the bank or card issuer of problems, after that, it's your liability.
5. Use Genuine Software and a Good Paid Antivirus: Do not use pirated software or any third-party Apps on your computer, smartphone or tablet or whatever device you are using. Configure them for auto update. Keep checking manually from time to time that they are update. Schedule a full device scan weekly or fortnightly.
6. Make use of Strong Passwords: Use at least 5 to 6 character, at least 1 special character and at least one number in your password. Do not use your, your spouse or your children name/date of birth in the passwords. While entering the username, Customer ID Card number and password try using the virtual keyboard provided by the bank or card issuer website. Avoid using the key board.
7. Avoid the use of Public Terminals: This could really at times prove disastrous for you, do not use public computer to make any purchases banking transactions or even checking your email but still if you will then, remember to securely log in and log out every time you use a public terminal. Use your own laptop\desk top or any mobile device to shop.
8. Using Wi-Fi: When you are out of your house, travelling in office or in a hotel etc. e very careful if you are using a Wi-Fi connection. You may use the wireless if you access the Web over a virtual private network (VPN) connection. If you don't get one from your employer or where ever you are out of your house, you can set up one. Yet I would advise you to prefer to use your own personal internet connection to shop online.
9. Check the Gift Cards Offered: Now a days gift cards have become the most request gift. Make sure that you buy them from a genuine source. scammers might auction off gift cards on fake sites with little or no funds on them.
10. Keep InTouch: Up-to-date your knowledge data base with all the news about the techniques being used by the bad guys. I feel that there is no antivirus that is absolutely 100% safe yet its always better to be alert and keep safe.
Things to consider to check while buying your next smartphone so that its really SMART.
Durability: Mostly two types of builds are the most common in the market viz. Metal and Plastic. Though there are some that even have glass-coated panels. If you are prone to dropping your smartphone, I would advise you to go for a metal or a plastic built handset. These can sustain drops from 2-3 feet, while glass-based handset are sure to shatter.
Display: Size and resolution of display (screen) depends on how you use it. If you stream videos, edit photos or videos or download and view movies, then you need a smartphone display ranging from 5.5-inch to 6-inch, full-HD (High Definition) or QHD (Quad High Definition) resolution. A display larger than a 6-inch makes the handset extra bulky and difficult to carry around. If you use the smartphone largely for checking emails, chatting, browsing the internet, social media then a display from 5-inch to 5.5-inch HD or full-HD display handsets will be a perfect choice for you.
Processor: If you need to edit images/videos/documents online, play heavy games, stream videos or often use apps in split screen mode, then smartphones with Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 or Snapdragon 820/821 should make multitasking smooth for you. For the other light users MediaTek processors will be OK.
RAM (Random-Access Memory): From a technical point of view, the RAM itself doesn’t have anything to influence the performance of the processor. Meaning, the RAM cannot boost the processing speed of the processor but it has something to do on how fast the overall performance will be. More RAM results into better multitasking. Frequently used apps and app data is stored into RAM.
Storage: A 16GB/32GB/64GB or more don’t really come with exact mentioned space. If you like to keep less number of apps on your devices, you can go for 32GB storage. If you want to keep more apps go for 64GB or 128GB variants. You may also buy a 16GB if it supports microSD.
Battery: This differs from user to user depending on the way you uses the smartphone. For a heavy user and work on apps, play games, stream videos and more then go for at least 3500mAh battery or above. If you are an average or light user, handset with 3000mAh battery would be good enough.
OS Version/UI: OS version and User interface are key factors to consider while choosing a smartphone, it should be easy and simple. smartphones by OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer) also come with bloatware and certain apps that you probably won’t use ever.
Camera: Having more number of megapixels does not mean that the camera is better. See for camera aperture, ISO levels, pixel size, autofocus and more are essential as well. A 16MP rear camera does not necessarily be better than a 12MP camera. Same theory goes for the front-facing camera. More pixels mean more size of the image, which becomes more sharper when seen on a small screen. For zealous photographers camera with 12 or 16MP sensor under f/2.0 or lower aperture for speedy shots even in low lights. Where as for casual shooter a 8MP 0r 12MP camera with f/2.0-f/2.2 aperture is good.
Extra security features: Most smartphones have started coming with extra security features such as fingerprint sensor or even iris sensors. These are not just to lock/unlock a handset but as a password to access certain files, documents or apps. If you have vital personal information on the handset then you can go for them.
Audio: Good Speakers means good audio. Important if you are heavy video streaming or do video conferences., entertainment-on-the-go etc. front-facing speakers give clear sound even while holding the smartphone in landscape mode. For others a regular handset with bottom/back speakers should be just fine.
Ports: Both micro-USB and USB Type-C ports are available in smartphones these days, it is preferable to switch to USB Type-C not just because it is easy to plug in but also it is future-proof. Some companies have started ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack based headphones jacks to USB Ports. So check for separate 3.5mm headphone jack.
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