Online shopping will save you a lot of time. You can make simultaneous purchases at several web-shops at a time that suits you best, 24/7. You will avoid standing in lines and large crowds, but also have access to a larger offer and often better prices than what is physically available to you. Learning what to look out for when shopping online will make your shopping experience safer and easier.



When shopping, give priority to sites you are already familiar with and with which you have experience.

SSL (secure socket layer)

Never shop online using a bank card on sites that do not have SSL (secure sockets layer) installed. You'll know this by checking for a page URL that starts with https, not just http.


Check your bank statements often, ie. balance on the account, therefore, not only at the end of the month but as often as possible in order to determine any unapproved transactions in time.


What is SSL for and why is it important for a site to have it?

A Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate enables the secure exchange of information between website visitors and the server on which the site is hosted. SSL ensures that personal and financial information and messages remain private.​ SSL encrypts data from text to ciphertext that is readable only by those who have the key to decode the data. It enables secure communication between buyers and sellers.

How to check if a site has SSL?


Web shops and pages that are protected by an SSL certificate start with https instead of http. "S" stands for secure, i.e. for sure. Pages starting with http are considered insufficiently secure because through them attackers can gain access to confidential data and online accounts that the user of the page has. Possession of SSL can also be recognized by the fact that next to the web address there is a small lock icon or the area where the web address is located is green.

What is PayPal?

PayPal is an online payment system that serves to pay and transfer money over the Internet. Using PayPal, users can transfer money to the accounts of other PayPal users, and pay on certain websites.

What common personal data does the site need in order to successfully complete a purchase?

The usual personal data that customers will leave while shopping on the web-shop are: name and surname, address and city, and contact information such as email address and phone number. The same data is required so that the order can be delivered to the customer's address, and the same can be contacted in case of need.