Safe Internet Day 2022 is being celebrated this Tuesday, February 8. The aim of this initiative is to promote the safe and positive use of digital technologies, especially among children. That’s why we summarize in a quick and easy way, the five keys to buy and pay safely over the Internet.

The time we spend surfing the Internet is increasing, and the age at which we start doing it is getting younger. According to a Unicef study, the average age at which children and adolescents access their first cell phone is below 11 years old.

It is therefore very important to educate and raise awareness among the population about safe practices when browsing and paying online in order to ensure responsible use of digital technologies. Adults are the first ones who should have access to this type of information, so that they can put it into practice in their homes and be an example for children.

First of all, there is a basic rule of caution: if it’s too good, it can’t be true. If it is too cheap, too easy or there is abundant stock of out-of-stock products everywhere, it will surely be a scam.

  • Digital certificate: whenever we enter a website, it is essential to check its security to navigate it. To find out quickly and simply, we can check if next to the URL there is a gray padlock, as a digital certificate, which guarantees that it is a secure website. Another way to check is to check if the site uses the famous HTTPS protocol. If the URL includes an -s at the end, it means that it is a secure web page and is adapted to the protection standards.
  • Contact details and reviews: if we are going to make a purchase on the website we are visiting, it is essential to check that there are several ways to contact the merchant in case it is necessary. There should be a physical address of the store and a telephone number. Another good way to verify that an eCommerce is reliable, is to look for reviews of the business in an online search engine or in social networks, to evaluate the experiences of former users. You can also search directly for “ecommercename scam” or “ecommercename problems” to find out if other users have had bad experiences with that online store.
  • Clear purchasing conditions: Before making any purchase, it is advisable to review this information to avoid inconveniences, especially if we are going to share personal information, bank details, etc.
  • Secure payment gateway: Before buying in an e-commerce, we must know that the payment gateway is secure. To do this, payment systems must verify the user’s identity by means of at least two authentication elements: Something you own (such as, for example, your own cell phone), something you know (such as a pin or password) or something inherent to the user (such as, for example, your fingerprint or facial recognition). Of course, always by credit card, never by bank transfers or money transfer companies.
  • Strong passwords: although it may seem obvious, it is advisable to create strong passwords, applying mnemonic rules and increasing the number of characters. By choosing complex passwords we will be protecting our devices, so it is advisable not to use the same password for multiple registrations.

It is essential that everyone as an individual, from the place they occupy in the new digital world, takes responsibility for ensuring a secure environment. Therefore, the best way to build our digital citizen is through education and the promotion of good virtual practices.

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