The Internet is no longer just a source of information, but also a primary medium of communication and a major platform for business. A lot of aspiring entrepreneurs rely on the Net to know the latest business practices as well scout for the best suppliers in the country and around the world.
[related|post]It is now easier to buy stuff online with more companies catering to online purchases and affordable shipping. Sourcing unique items will make it easier for you to differentiate your products from the competition.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) shares the following tips regarding the matter:
* Value your privacy. Use passwords that cannot be easily guessed. Also, to ensure that nobody else has access to your personal accounts and data, use own computer or laptop when shopping. Do not give too much information when filling-out online forms.
* Beware of hackers. Install and update computer’s anti-virus and/or anti-malware program and make sure that this is reliable for optimum security against Internet threats. Always log out one’s account after every transaction because an account left logged in is exposed to hackers.
* Check the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) or website address. Most online shops accepting credit card payment use an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption which ensures a secure transaction. You would know if a website has SSL installed if the URL starts with “https” instead of just “http.”
* Know the seller. When buying products online, validate the seller’s contact information. Try to search the Internet to know if they can be trusted or if they have any records of fraud and misconduct. If an online shop’s policy and payment modes do not suit you, do not transact with them. Look for other websites that may fit your need.
* Do not be deceived by unbelievable offers. If the offer seems too good to be true, then probably, it is not true. To validate offers, contact the website or the merchant. Also, look for the DTI Sales Permit Number, which is issued to duly registered businesses conducting local sales promotion open to the consuming public.