How to safely shop online in India

Written by Kaitholil Storyboard. Last updated at 2022-06-18 15:15:51

Shopping online is a great way to save money and get great deals, but there are also risks you have to be aware of. Although Indian law does have laws in place that protect consumers from fraud, those protections only go so far. It’s up to you as an individual to make sure that you’re doing everything possible to stay protected when shopping online in India. Here are some tips on how we can help keep yourself safe:

Always check if a site is secure.

Always check if a site is secure.

When you are shopping online, it’s important to check the URL to make sure that you are visiting a genuine website and not one that could be fraudulent. The first thing you should do is check whether the URL starts with “http://” or “https://”.

The next step is to look for an active padlock icon on your browser — this indicates that your connection is secure (and encrypted). The padlock icon helps prevent hackers from accessing information about you when you’re using an insecure connection; it does this by encrypting all of the information sent between your browser and website server so no one can tamper with it while in transit from one place to another

If you don’t find a company on Google, that could indicate something shady.

If the website doesn’t have a physical address or a phone number listed, then it’s probably not a legitimate business. If they don’t want to show up on Google and other search engines, you should think twice before doing business with them.

Price is not always an indicator of quality.

The first thing to realize is that it’s not always the case that a cheaper price means lesser quality. There are certain products that, even at their highest prices, will not give you good quality. This is why it’s important to do your research before buying anything online — if something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is! There are many different factors contributing towards the quality of products being sold online in India: for example, where was the product manufactured? Has it been tested for safety standards? What materials were used in its construction? All these things add up into one big picture when determining whether a product will be worth your hard-earned money or not.

Be suspicious if the price is too low for a big ticket item.

When buying a big ticket item, like an expensive smartphone or laptop computer, you should be suspicious if the price seems too low. More often than not, this will be because it is fake or stolen merchandise.

In some cases, sellers may use a legitimate brand but sell knock-off products at much lower prices. This can be especially prevalent with electronics and designer goods. You should also keep in mind that while many items are available online at low prices in India, they may still not be cheap enough to warrant buying from an unknown seller.

Make sure you know what the seller’s return policy is and considers other fees beyond the one paid at checkout (i.e., shipping).

Before you purchase something online, you should be familiar with the seller’s return policy and consider other fees beyond the one paid at checkout (i.e., shipping).

  • Return Policy: Be sure to read the seller’s return policy carefully before buying anything from them. Some sellers may allow returns but only for a certain period of time or not at all. Some sellers may require that you pay for return shipping while others will pay for it themselves. When in doubt, contact them directly and ask!

  • Shipping Fees: If a seller has a clear refund policy, then they should be willing to help customers who want to get their money back if they don’t receive an item as described or within an acceptable timeframe after receiving it — but there are always exceptions! You might want to check out how much shipping costs before purchasing something so that if your package gets lost in transit or damaged during shipment you can still get reimbursed without having any negative impact on yourself financially speaking.”

Skip the online auction sites.

If you are shopping online in India and have stumbled upon an online auction site, do not use it. The reason is simple: these sites have a high risk of fraud and scams. If you bid on an item and win, there is no guarantee that the item will be delivered to your doorstep or that you won’t end up paying more than intended for it.

You can never return items bought through an auction site. Even if the product is defective, damaged or not as described by the seller, there is no guarantee that they will refund your money even after demanding for one several times over email or phone calls.

Plus, there’s always a chance that when ordering from other countries (or states), customs duties could apply as per law (and this may impact how much money gets deducted from your bank account).

Your computer should have good security software, including virus protection and firewall protection.

It is important to ensure that your computer has good security software, including both virus protection and firewall protection. Anti-malware software (a form of anti-virus software) should also be installed on your computer. This can either be obtained directly from the manufacturer or through a third party such as Avast or McAfee.

You should make sure that your operating system is up to date. For example, Microsoft Windows users can download updates through the Windows Update option in their Control Panel; Mac OS X updates are handled through Software Update in System Preferences; Linux distributions include automatic update systems by default.

If you’re going to shop on your work computer, be extra careful.

If you shop on a work computer, your employer has the right to see what you’ve been looking at. If you have a personal computer that is shared with others, it’s also possible that someone else could see what you’re doing when they use the computer. You should never shop on a public or shared computer.

You should also be careful about what information is being collected by third-party websites (like Google Analytics) when using these services. They may collect details about your browsing habits and location data from their cookies; this can then be used for marketing purposes by resellers of their services or other companies who buy such data from them without asking for permission first.

You should change your passwords often.

There are many ways you can make sure your data is safe when shopping online in India. You should change your passwords often and use different passwords for different sites. Also, avoid passwords that are easily guessed like your birthday or your pet’s name.

You can also use a password manager to generate and store passwords. These programs help you create long, complex and hard-to-guess passwords that will be easy to remember.

Be careful around URL shorteners

URL shorteners are used to make long URLs shorter and easier to read. The average URL can contain up to 70 characters, but since they’re displayed in small letters on a screen, it might be difficult for you to read them. URL shorteners are useful because they shorten the length of the original URL and convert it into one that is easy-to-read and understand. However, these shortened versions can also hide malicious links which could harm your PC or steal personal data from you. Therefore, whenever you come across such shortened links from any source including emails sent by friends or relatives; verify its authenticity before clicking on them!

Monitor your debit card and credit card statements

The most important step to take is to monitor your debit card and credit card statements regularly. When you receive a statement, make it a habit to go over it carefully. If something looks unusual, call the company and ask them whether they have charged you for anything. This may seem like an unnecessary step but many people have been affected by this type of fraud because they never noticed the small charges that added up gradually over time. If a charge seems out of place or unfamiliar, call the company immediately so that they can help you with this issue.

Another thing to look out for is recurring payments from companies that do not recognize — these are often caused by viruses on your computer which trick websites into thinking that payments have been made but in reality have not (this happens often when shopping online). You should also be wary about payments from countries where you do not normally shop — this could mean that someone has hacked your account and is using it as an opportunity to steal money from your account while still allowing access so they can keep stealing until they find something else worth stealing!

Avoid email links

The first thing you can do to stay safe while shopping online is to avoid clicking on links that are sent to your email. If you receive an email from an unknown sender and it contains any kind of link, don’t click on it. Instead, go directly to the website in question and enter the address yourself.

When accessing websites, make sure that you’re using a different browser than the one that’s set as default for your computer’s operating system. This will keep hackers from being able to easily access user information through cookies or other devices left behind by previous visits. You can also change IP addresses by using a VPN like Hotspot Shield (the service I recommend using) so hackers cannot trace your real location easily when browsing the internet from home or work desks; this step may not be necessary if there are only two people accessing the same computer at once (i.e., husband/wife).

There are ways to spot fraud when shopping online in India.

There are many ways to spot fraud when shopping online in India. The first thing you need to do is make sure that the website is secure and safe by checking if it uses HTTPS/SSL encryption. If a website has encrypted web pages, then it will start with “https://."

You can also check if the website is listed on Google by searching for the store’s name (without spaces) along with “site:” at the end of your search query. This will show all results for your search query but only ones that are indexed by Google. You’ll know these results aren’t phishing or fake websites because they’ll be on page 1 or 2 of your search results.

The next step would be comparing prices between different sellers on Amazon, Flipkart etc., as well as researching reviews from other customers before making a purchase decision — this way you won’t get ripped off!

Make sure you check the return policy before making any purchases too — some companies have stricter policies than others so make sure yours protects your interests so nothing goes wrong later down line!

Conclusion

These tips will help you find great products at great prices and make sure that you don’t get scammed in the process. We hope they’ve given you some good advice on how to shop online safely in India!

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