Online shopping is big business these days, with more and more consumers across the world turning to the world wide web to purchase goods. This is especially the case in countries where ecommerce is really taking hold over the way people shop.
For example, according to the collaborative study published by the OC&C Strategy Consultants, PayPal and Google, the online retail markets in the the US, UK, Germany and China will double to £645 billion by 2018.
Needless to say, this has caught the attention of cybercriminals who are keen to exploit individuals benefitting from the convenience, affordability and choice that makes the internet such a compelling place to be.
With that in mind and conscious that the Christmas season is about to get underway, we have put together five top tips on how to stay safe and secure when shopping online.
Stick with trusted brands that have a strong reputation
Use credit cards and secure payment services instead of debit card
Look out for https URL and the padlock symbol
Be wary of dodgy offers that are too good to be true