Beware of Fake Goods
That mountain bike or golf kit might look all okay in the pictures on the shopping website. But you need to be sure that you get exactly what you are paying for. There are a number of sites which pass of fake products as originals in the price of the original brands. Several websites sell products through third party sellers. In such cases, be extra careful and read the websites policies and customer service agreement carefully before you order. Research the third party seller to see how genuine they are. Also, if the discount or price offered seems to be too good to be true, it probably is. Thoroughly check and get all your doubts answered before you place an order.
Buy from Trusted Companies
Almost every product and service is available online these days. There is a flood of online stores who promise top quality products and great discounts. However, do some research to find out the most trusted and safe websites to buy your sports goods. You can read reviews of others about a particular company and their website before you decide on one. Here too, watch out for fake websites parading as the original. Check the top-level domains of websites to be sure you are not tricked (e.g. amazon.net instead of amazon.com
Make sure the website has strong security policies
Double check of the website uses SSL installed for all the online transactions. The SSL certificate is essential, if the website doesn’t mention it clearly, don’t order from them. SSL encrypts all your critical financial data like credit card number and bank account details which are used while making online payments. Encryption of the data ensures that your details can never be accessed or read by cyber thieves. Check for a HTTPS:// instead of just HTTP:// and an icon of a lock in the typically in the status bar at the bottom of your web browser or at the top next to the URL.
Follow Safe Practices
It’s important to follow basic safety policies when you shop online- no matter how secure and trusted the website is. As far as possible, avoid using a public computer while you place your order. Similarly, avoid the temptation of using any unsecured public wifi network to access the website and place your order. Do make sure that you create strong passwords with a combination of letters, numbers and symbols.