How to ensure guaranteed safe checkout to be safe

by Fransic verso
How to ensure guaranteed safe checkout to be safe

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.

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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?

Screenshot of where the SSL
Screenshot of where the SSL

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

  1. Clothing shops from influencers
  2. People selling courses and things on uncommon sites
  3. Buying Templates and blog stuff such as pictures or plugins
  4. Gift cards from uncommon shops
  5. Buying through a website from a local store (local shops that sell online which are uncommon)
  6. Purchasing a domain from uncommon host providers
  7. 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.

Important point

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

woman about to purchase using the phone
Photo by Tim Douglas

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?

Money given back.
Photo by Karolina Grabowska

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.

FAQ

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

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Pinnable picture

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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72 comments

Riyah Speaks February 14, 2023 - 8:36 am

This was such an informative post. I didn’t realize there was so much that goes into creating a safe checkout.

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Fransic verso February 16, 2023 - 2:38 am

I’m glad you find it helpful. Thank you for reading!

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kayleigh Zara February 14, 2023 - 11:18 am

These are some great tips for someone who is looking to set up a business that has an online checkout! It’s really important to have an SSL for your website x

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Fransic verso February 16, 2023 - 2:36 am

Thank you so much! I appreciate you reading and sharing your thoughts!

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Ashley February 14, 2023 - 2:12 pm

I must admit, I’m not the most tech savvy and regular reading regarding online safety is always good for this. You raise some points here I would never even have consider so thank you for a really useful post xxx

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Fransic verso February 16, 2023 - 2:36 am

I’m glad you found this helpful. Thank you for reading!

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beth February 15, 2023 - 4:31 am

One of the things I worry about when purchasing online courses online is being safe at checkout. So thank you for the tips on how to guarantee safe checkout.

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Fransic verso February 15, 2023 - 11:15 pm

That’s what we need to do. Being safe is very important. Thank you for reading!

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Brianne February 15, 2023 - 4:32 am

I have an online store and I use a trust badge on my website to ensure that safe checkout is guaranteed.

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Fransic verso February 15, 2023 - 11:14 pm

That’s great! Customers will trust you more.

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Nyxie February 15, 2023 - 5:02 am

These are fantastic tips! Everyone should know how to make sure they are checking out safely online and, sadly, not many do! I have a friend who has been scammed countless times because she didn’t know what she was looking for. Once she was scammed out of £700!

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Fransic verso February 15, 2023 - 11:14 pm

Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts!

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Lauren February 15, 2023 - 6:35 am

This is such an in-depth and helpful post to ensure you are buying safely online. Thank you for sharing.

Lauren

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Fransic verso February 15, 2023 - 11:14 pm

Thank you so much for reading and commenting about this.

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LisaLisa February 15, 2023 - 8:01 am

This is a GREAT informative post! I’m so leary about purchasing things online because hey, the way the world is today we all have to stay safe and protect ourselves.

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Fransic verso February 15, 2023 - 11:13 pm

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. Glad to know you find it informative!

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Literally Laurie February 15, 2023 - 1:21 pm

Very helpful information. We all need to be more careful!

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Fransic verso February 15, 2023 - 11:12 pm

Yup, we definitely need to be careful! Thank you for reading!

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Melissa February 15, 2023 - 1:34 pm

These are really great tips! I’m sending this to my mom, who is always asking me about this.

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Fransic verso February 15, 2023 - 11:11 pm

I appreciate you reading and sharing your thoughts about this,

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Renata Feyen February 15, 2023 - 1:38 pm

Lately, it is getting more and more important to check if sites are safe because scammers are constantly finding new ways to get to your funds

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Fransic verso February 15, 2023 - 11:11 pm

Exactly!! Scammers these days are becoming more and more. Thank you for reading!

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Tania February 15, 2023 - 1:57 pm

This is very helpful, thank you.

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Fransic verso February 15, 2023 - 11:09 pm

Thank you so much! Glad to know you found it helpful!

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Samuel Toil February 15, 2023 - 2:37 pm

Online safety is crucial when shopping online. This guide has elaborated safety measures in detail and it’s quite helpful!

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Fransic verso February 15, 2023 - 11:07 pm

Yeah, we need to pay attention. Thank you for reading and commenting!

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Brisbane SEO Blogger February 15, 2023 - 3:10 pm

Thanks for some really interesting facts and some things I would not have though to check, THANKS!

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Fransic verso February 15, 2023 - 11:06 pm

I’m glad you find them interesting. Thank you for sharing!

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Jodie February 15, 2023 - 4:30 pm

Excellent post Fransic ! Very good information that is meaningful to all of us. Love seeing the lock beside your URL!

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Fransic verso February 15, 2023 - 11:05 pm

Right? It’s good to have it haha. Thank you for reading!

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Gloria February 15, 2023 - 5:08 pm

I wish I’d read this three weeks ago! Sadly I think I made a purchase from an unreliable website that didn’t have some of what you mentioned. I have yet to receive the product…hopefully I do eventually.

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Fransic verso February 15, 2023 - 11:05 pm

Oh noo, I’m sorry this happened to you. I hope you will get it. Maybe try to reach out to them if possible!

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Amanda February 15, 2023 - 5:16 pm

Great advice that most of us probably don’t stop to think about as often as we should! We definitely need to aware of the risks and safest methods to being online. Thank you!

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Fransic verso February 15, 2023 - 11:04 pm

Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts about it.

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LG February 15, 2023 - 6:25 pm

I had to go back and look and see if I had SSL. Thank goodness I do. But your article provided some other great tips that I will investigate.

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Fransic verso February 15, 2023 - 11:01 pm

That’s awesome, its good to have safety. Thank you for reading!

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Pooja February 15, 2023 - 7:27 pm

Guarantee safe checkout is one thing which most users ignore and don’t pay much heed to. Your thoughts were so clear and informative. Thank you !

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Fransic verso February 15, 2023 - 11:01 pm

Thank you so much! It is very important to focus on it.

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Barbara February 16, 2023 - 6:13 am

hHese are great check steps provided to ensure safety while on-line!

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Fransic verso February 17, 2023 - 12:08 am

Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!

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Unwanted Life February 16, 2023 - 9:31 am

It definitely helps to have an SSL, but trust badges don’t convey trust for me because anyone can copy and fake those. As long as you can pay by PayPal, then it feels safe. Never pay by direct bank transfer

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Fransic verso February 17, 2023 - 12:07 am

Yeah, well, its not one thing but many to confirm. Thank you for reading!

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Fransic verso February 17, 2023 - 12:05 am

Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts!

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Sonia Seivwright February 17, 2023 - 2:18 am

You can ensure a safe and secure shopping experience by being vigilant during the checkout process. With the peace of mind that comes from shopping securely, you can enjoy all the benefits of online shopping without worrying about the safety of your personal and financial information.

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Fransic verso February 19, 2023 - 11:06 pm

I see, that’s interesting. Thank you for reading and commenting!

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Lisa - The Zing Collective February 22, 2023 - 12:30 am

I must admit that I hadn’t considered some of these things so I’m glad to have read this post. Thank you for the information!

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Fransic verso February 22, 2023 - 11:29 pm

Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts with us!

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Alita February 22, 2023 - 7:00 am

As an e-commerce business owner, it’s your job to create a safe store where your customers can shop confidently.

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Fransic verso February 22, 2023 - 11:25 pm

Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts about it.

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Monidipa February 22, 2023 - 7:26 am

Oh my god, Such important and good informations. This is really helpful.

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Fransic verso February 22, 2023 - 11:24 pm

Thank you for your feedback and reading!

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Gervin Khan February 22, 2023 - 8:08 am

This an awesome post that everybody must read to have a guaranteed safe checkout! Especially that nowadays, online transaction is on the rise and booming as we transition to digitalization! Thanks for sharing this with us!

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Fransic verso February 22, 2023 - 11:23 pm

Yeah, it’s very important that we be careful nowadays.

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Debbie February 22, 2023 - 9:19 am

Very helpful tips. You can’t be too careful when shopping online. Thank you for sharing the helpful information.

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Fransic verso February 22, 2023 - 11:20 pm

Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts about it.

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Ntensibe Edgar February 22, 2023 - 9:38 am

Ah yes! I never leave my bank info on any site without SSL certification! It’s far too risky losing all your money to fraudsters and thieves.

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Fransic verso February 22, 2023 - 11:20 pm

I see, that’s awesome. thank you for reading!

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Kelly Bolen February 22, 2023 - 11:11 am

Thank you for such a wonderful post! I am being completely honest when I say, I just “assume” all my checkouts are safe! I know better now and I am aware of how to be safer! Thank you!

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Fransic verso February 22, 2023 - 11:16 pm

Hahaha, glad that you know better now. Thank you for reading!

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Mila Osman February 22, 2023 - 12:28 pm

I agree about checking the privacy policies. Better safe than sorry on these things… informative post!

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Fransic verso February 22, 2023 - 11:14 pm

Right? it’s good to be safe. Thank you for reading!

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Nicole Bertrand February 22, 2023 - 2:51 pm

Great post! Such a good reminder, especially these days when online fraud is so prevalent!

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Fransic verso February 22, 2023 - 11:11 pm

Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!

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Heather February 22, 2023 - 3:10 pm

It’s so important to make sure that it’s secure and safe when you buy anything online. I have learned over the years to look for specific things.

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Fransic verso February 22, 2023 - 11:10 pm

Yeah, nowadays, it’s very important to make sure that it’s safe.

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Luna S February 22, 2023 - 3:34 pm

Great information! It is so important to stay safe and be smart when buying online (or even in store)

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Fransic verso February 22, 2023 - 11:09 pm

Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts!

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Marky Ramone Go February 22, 2023 - 5:21 pm

SSL for an ecommerce website is a must and for consumers, to always remember to look for the trusted badge to avoid double booking and losing money.

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Fransic verso February 22, 2023 - 11:08 pm

Yeah, it’s very important. Thank you for reading!

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Blair Villanueva February 24, 2023 - 11:31 pm

This reminder is very informative and helpful for many of us who do a lot of online shopping. I am very careful about it and only shop from reliable and verified websites. I don’t save my credit card details on my account, and even use a dummy name as part of my online security.

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Fransic verso February 27, 2023 - 12:10 am

Yeah, we need to have reminders like this. Thank you for reading!

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