In recent years, more people have found the Internet a convenient way to shop, pay bills and track banking activity. The world of e-commerce, has expanded our purchasing abilities from local retailers to worldwide companies and helped our ability to shop while maintaining a busy schedule.  Online shopping safety is now a key concern not only for shoppers, but for business owners as well.

Unfortunately, things can go wrong while shopping in cyberspace.  Sometimes the host computer has a problem or maybe poor customer service. Other times, shoppers are cheated by hackers and thieves.

When you go online for any activity where you will be entering any personally identifying or financial information, make sure you are working with the website you expect. To verify the website, look at the website URL (Uniform Resource Locator) at the top of the browser window.  This will help to prevent unwanted web forwarding that may redirect you to a malicious site.

Cyber thieves have created websites that look like legitimate well known companies but they cannot use the legitimate website URL. Also, look at the beginning of the URL for “https://”. If the “s” is not present it is not a secure website and can be monitored by unauthorized people or programs. Many times the “s” does not appear until until you get to the “order” page and that is OK. It is the order page that asks for your name, address and card number and that is the page you want secured.

For those who own or manage an ecommerce site, online shopping safety is a key concern.  Today’s merchant processors require website’s to be PCI compliant, which entails several layers of security to prevent stolen credit card information.  And, for those sites selling in Europe, the new General Data Protection Regulation greatly impacts how your can remarket to one of site’s visitors.

If you have questions about online shopping safety or if you own an ecommernce site, having an attorney who specializes in ecommerce, or other ecommerce expert, review your site may save you and your customers unnecessary burdens related to credit card theft and/or non-compliance penalties.  Click here to find the best options for reviewing your website.