Is it safe to shop online via mobile phone? and the answer is yes, you can do safe shopping on your mobile phone or tablet. All you need is to take some preventive steps to do this. Many e-commerce firms, Banks and online shopping giants provides their own mobile applications to visit and shop anything you want and it appears very convenient to shop from your mobile phone.
Online shopping is on wild and people are getting habituated of it. As of now, Users use their PC to do online shopping even if they have a multimedia mobile which allows to do the same thing with less effort. On the other hand, People are avoiding shopping on Mobile and tablets because of fraudulent activities and hacking attempts. There are some mobile-specific tips that you can consider to do safe shopping on Mobile and Tablet and these tips applies to every mobile OS such as Android, Blackberry, Symbian, Apple iOS etc..
Avoid Public Wi-Fi hotspots
Keep this in mind and never ever use Public Wi-Fi hotspots to do any kind of shopping on your mobile. The reason behind this is: Public Wi-Fi hotspots are not encrypted and many people can connect and use internet like you. Hackers can easily interrupt and steal your financial information if you are doing online shopping on your mobile on a public Wi-Fi hotspots.
Avoid downloading suspicious apps on your mobile
A tiny fraudulent application installed on your mobile can hit you badly. It is always recommended to download a trusted application from a legitimate source such as Google Play, Apple iStore, Blackberry Apps World, Nokia Ovi Store etc.. Also, before downloading any application, read the reviews about the same, Check application rating, Search consumer complaint forums, see screen-shots and check the publisher of application.
In may countries people rely on Free applications, Cracked and Pirated ones and do not purchase paid applications to accomplish their task. Remember that often, you get what you pay for. Mobile security isn’t worth the discounted price if you’re downloading an app that places malware on your phone. It’s a fact that any suspicious application that steals your personal and financial information would be available in free of cost and then only people will download it. Make sure that If an application is asking any permission to run itself on mobile, read carefully what actually it is asking for and what would be result if you give full privilege to a particular application.
Avoid Clicking Suspicious URLs in Text messages [SMS]
Always check the sender name before opening a URL arrived via text messages. Even if sender is trusted, do not blindly trust the URL and after opening the webpage check the original URL because text messages always contain short URL such as bit.ly, goo.gl, t.co etc.. which redirects to its original source URL. You can also look for https connections on financial and internet banking websites from your mobile web browser.
Additional Tips to do Safe Shopping on Mobile
- Use Trusted Money processing Applications such as Paypal, Google Checkout, Airtel Money [India Only] Internet Banking application released by your Bank etc..
- Use default or popular mobile browsers such as Opera mini, Firefox, Chrome etc. to surf the web on Mobile.
- Keep your Mobile Applications and OS Updated with latest security and firmware updates.
- Never Share your financial details on a phone call.
- Mozilla Blog: Safe shopping on your Android Device