Online shopping, one of the latest trends in Pakistan, right? But are you scared of making your first purchase because of the high risks of fraud, or because of the little availability of cybercrime rules and regulations? Being in the virtual world, the risks of fraudulent activities are immense and especially in Pakistan where the rules and regulations aren’t much followed, the dealings over the internet create, even more, confusion among the people. However, there are certain aspects, which can be taken care of in order to reduce the risk involved in the online transaction so that you can get an opportunity to purchase products without any ambiguities.
When is online security required?
In general, conditions, when the websites involve free access to contents or provide information of general nature to be used by anyone, there is not much need of a secure system. A secure system is required when the information being shared between the website and the customers is of confidential nature i.e. personal information, financial information, financial transaction or medical information etc. In such a situation, it is essential that a secure system is ensured so that the customer’s information and anything shared between the parties is not prone to the risk of hacking.
How online shopping security is it ensured?
Here are how the websites involved e-commerce business makes the transactions secure for them and their customers. The websites with safe transactions use HTTPS protocol in which the SSL encryption system is utilized. The encryption system verifies the legitimacy of the buyer and ensures that any third party will not be able to access the communication taking place. In general websites (not involving confidential information), HTTP protocol is followed. The data can be hacked from such protocols very easily and reduce the sanctity of information between the parties. Another aspect that is essential for the assurance of security is that the websites must be using different domains for HTTP and HTTPS pages so that the data is not mingled and there is no risk of fraud.
The role of Buyers:
As online shopping is a new trend in Pakistan and it has not reached a mature stage, the shoppers of the online stores must keep a check on the protocol being used by the website. They must ensure that the HTTPS or SSL encryption is in place before sharing any private information, thus, reducing the risk of online fraud.
Online shopping sites in Pakistan:
The online sites in Pakistan have started realizing the fact and are trying to encrypt data of the users; however, the individual sellers without optimum knowledge about the process are unaware of the process and they are still interacting with customers without HTTPS. One of the Pakistani sites based on HTTPS protocol and providing you a safe environment for online transactions is DrBake.pk. DrBake.pk provides cakes, chocolates, and gifts for your loved ones through online orders and payments, thus requiring your personal information but you can interact with the site officials freely because it is SSL encrypted and can save your personal information from being hacked.
In order to avoid the risk of fraud, you should ensure that the site you choose for shopping is SSL encrypted and governed by HTTPS protocol.