Hello everyone and welcome to a new post for this week. Today I’ve got a self-development post and something very important. I’m going to talk about it and mention tips to help to a guaranteed safe checkout. Also, going to answer some questions regarding this. And if you have any questions, make sure to share them in the comments.
This is something from experience and knowledge in the past years. And some people might not notice that in the beginning. Which can lead to a negative experience for the user. So, hopefully, this would be helpful, and if you find it somehow helpful. Please consider sharing with others.
How to ensure guaranteed safe checkout to be safe
Well, there are some important points to this that I will mention in this post. So, keep reading until the end of this post to get everything. There are many cases, I will try to cover as much as possible. Because there are many ways this will be needed and many places.
Also, I want to mention some of the guaranteed places that you can use. However, since there are many places, I will also mention a good step-by-step to help you verify and ensure a guaranteed safe checkout. You would be safe not to keep losing money and don’t let the money go to waste.
Q: What do you mean by Guaranteed safe checkout?
A: If you have purchased anything online. You would know that you will need to pay at checkout. This will be when you buy anything online. Using any method of payment. It will be needed to verify if it’s legit and safe or not. So, it is a must to ensure that is guaranteed.
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There is a way for online retailers or companies that sell stuff that they need to do in order for customers to buy. And I will mention it in a second as well. Because it’s one of the ways how to verify if it’s safe or not. Some people just purchase and not paying attention to some details.
Ways to verify secure checkout:
- Trust badges
- The site should have SSL
- Have terms of service (policy and information for users)
Many companies nowadays focus on these three things to ensure the safety of the user. And you would need to make sure that the company has that. That way, you know it’s secure and safe to purchase something from that retailer or online shop. I will mention some of the things which need to be aware of and careful about.
Q: How to find the SSL to check the company or shop?
I’m going to use my blog to show you. Usually, the mark show that the website or shop has SSL is at the top left in the search bar of the browsers(before the site name). The picture was taken using chrome but most of the time is the same place for any browser. You need to check this before purchasing anything.
Every site should have it and if they don’t have it. That is a definite no and can’t use that site. Please remember this is not the only way to trust a company or shop with your credentials. Keep reading to know more about how can you trust a company and how to know it’s safe.
Q: How can I find the trust badges?
Well, this depends on the sites you purchase from. Sometimes they show it at checkout sometimes they show it somewhere on the website to show customers that is safe. However, they should include it when you go through the checkout. At least to say that is it secure checkout.
The trust badges can be a circle shape and sometimes they just mention that it’s secure and share how they handle the information. You can see big and famous online shops such as eBay and BestBuy. However, these are safe because of the number of people that are using them.
Shops that you need to be careful from
- Clothing shops from influencers
- People selling courses and things on uncommon sites
- Buying Templates and blog stuff such as pictures or plugins
- Gift cards from uncommon shops
- Buying through a website from a local store (local shops that sell online which are uncommon)
- Purchasing a domain from uncommon host providers
- Also, when buying uncommon apps
These are a few of the many shops that we need to be careful from. It’s not necessary that they are not safe but you need to make sure that they are secure. And it depends on what you going to buy. Ensure a guaranteed safe checkout no matter but the list above is some that needed more attention.
You need to see the bank information and credit as very sensitive. Maybe you purchasing something or using it for any purpose. Some websites might use any way to make you enter the information and keep stealing money. And I know some friends who had been through this. Never put the information unless you are very sure about the checkout payment that will be safe. Know how they handle the information.
When the retailer asks you to enter the credit card details or bank. That is the most sensitive but sometimes they ask to use PayPal or any other online payments methods. It can be a little safer if using a secured online payment method such as Paypal. However, it is still very important to make sure that the money won’t go to waste.
Steps to take before checkout for a guaranteed safe checkout
I want to mention some good tips and steps to help you secure the checkout payment. You need to do it for any unfamiliar, or shops that not everyone buys from such as WordPress or online shopping stores that not many people use to buy stuff from. If it is Amazon or Shopify, can be good companies to use to buy as they are very famous and secure for everyone.
Get familiar with the retailer or online shop owner
The first step and very important is that you need to get familiar with the owner of the shop. Whether it’s an online influencer or gift card seller. You need to make sure that you have enough information to determine if it’s safe to shop or not. Take a lot around and see how they are.
Maybe some reviews from other people who purchase if that is available. Does have a money back guarantee feature in case you didn’t like it or is not what you want. That is also part of having a secure checkout not to lose our money. Especially, when buying eGift cards or flowers from uncommon shops.
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Once you have enough information and are able to decide that they are safe. Then, you can move to the next step of this process. Because all on the list come together to ensure secure payment and checkout. You might think that this is too much but it is not and these are very important steps.
Take a look at their Privacy policies and terms of using or purchasing from the shop
Every company should have this for all the customers. And it is important for shops or people that are not common to you or your friends. You need to take a look and make sure you have some knowledge about their privacy policies and terms of using the shop or online website to buy things.
Big companies always mention this when going through the checkout process which is very important. However, when buying from shops that are not well known, you need to make sure that they have it. Take some time looking through it to get familiar with it as well.
You don’t have to go through all of them but it’s good if you did. However, you can just read it fast and focus on the headlines. A little bit about each headline. But if you want to know more, read it and it shouldn’t take too long to read everything. Unless they have a long page.
Do they have a refund option?
This is not necessarily important for secure checkout but it’s nice to know to be more careful with buying. You need to buy one for yourself. Having a refund option can help to feel safe that your money will get back. So, check if they have a refund option for the store you trying to purchase from.
It doesn’t determine the safety of your purchase or payment. But it helps with choosing the right one and your money will get back if they are not the same as advertised. Buying online from uncommon stores can be advertised differently which might not be what you wanted.
I always love to check if they have a refund option because I want to be sure that my money will get back if I don’t like it. Some online stores don’t have this option but still need to make sure that they are what you want. Therefore, please spend some time finding out about quality and features.
Check if they have the trusted badges or secure checkout notice
As I mentioned before that any online retailer or shop should have either a secure checkout notice or a trusted badge. Nowadays is a must because the internet is never safe and needs to ensure for customers. Therefore, you need to check if they have this or not before spending or sharing any information.
You can see it either somewhere on the website or during the checkout process. Some websites are different from others but every website should have it. If you don’t trust them, you shouldn’t spend any money on them. Find an alternative that has the same thing and I’m sure you can find it unless it’s only sold from one shop.
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The secure checkout notice should be during the checkout process. Which big companies should have for all their customers. That’s how you know it’s safe. I notice that new or small shops would have both the notice and trusted badge to ensure the payment for their users.
Q: How to trust a retailer or online shop?
A: You can review the online store and read about the terms and policies. Also, if there are reviews or friends(local or online) who you know that buy from the store. Then, you can ask them for experience with their purchase. That can be handy if you want to make sure that it’s trustworthy.
Q: Do trust badges work?
A: Simple answer is yes. And it’s very good for your e-commerce to make your online more trustworthy. People will feel more safe buying from your store. So, it’s highly recommended and it’s good to have it from the beginning. This way, you don’t lose any customers because of this.
Q: Do I need the trust badge using Shopify or WordPress?
A: Yes, any way to build your online store. You need to make sure that you have one because it helps to increase sales and conversions as well. The way how to add the trust badge depends on where you are building the online store. However, it should be easy to do it.
Conclusion how to ensure guaranteed safe checkout to be safe
Thank you so much for reading until this point. Sharing these important steps for a secure checkout payment. And feel safe purchasing from the internet. It’s very important to pay attention to safety and security when buying anything online. Whether using your credit card details or any method.
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