Safe online shopping

Shop online at Reputable sellers with Secure Web Sites

We believe we only list reputable sellers who have a professional secure online shopping experience with secure online payment processes, but please be advised that we cannot be held liable for your choice to shop online through our site.  Shopping is through affiliate and third party links which take you from this website directly to the  site to shop. 

Before shopping online make sure you read the website's privacy, data protection, cookie and security policies.  Secure websites use encryption technology to make sure your personal information is safe when transferred online.

The safest way to shop online is with a credit card - having a separate credit card for online shopping is a good idea.  Check your credit card's online shopping protection policy as most only give cover for transactions that are over £100.

Only pay where you see https:// displayed - this is usually shown when you click to place your order or to pay. The s stands for secure.  Alternatively, some websites show a closed padlock, at the bottom right of the web page, which also determines it is secure.  If it is unlocked, or you have any doubts, then do not use.  Many online stores have the Verisign or TRUSTe seal of approval, or will ask for additional security passwords when you make the final payment.

Keep all your online shopping passwords safe and secure - don't share with anyone and have different unique passwords for different online shops. When choosing passwords, the advice is not to use the obvious, such as birthdays, maiden name, etc, but to use a mixture of numbers and letters.

Print a copy of any order just as back up, and keep a note of the website address.

Beware of PHISHING - ignore suspicious emails and do not click on any links they may detail.  Type any website into your browser independently if you are unsure. If in doubt, contact the online store directly, or read their spam/phishing information.

More information

Bank SAFE online - link

CARD Watch - link


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