How can seniors protect themselves when shopping online?

Whether you have recently retired or have already enjoyed a few good years of living at your Sugar Valley retirement village, you may find that there is suddenly a lot more free time on your hands. You could learn another language, perhaps, to help boost your brain power, or gather a few friends for a couple rounds of golf.

One thing is for sure – you can go shopping whenever you want!

During the day, the Stockland Glendale Shopping Centre is just a short drive or bus ride away, but sometimes, you just want to sit back and put your feet up, shopping from the comfort of your own couch.

However, do you know how to protect yourself from the dangers of online scams? There are risks, whether you're a millennial born with a phone in hand or a newbie just learning the ropes of technology. Here are a few tips to help you out when shopping online.

If you like using your tablet for entertainment, what about shopping?If you like using your tablet for entertainment, what about shopping?

Always buy from a reputable source

Just like you wouldn't buy a pair of Coach sunglasses from a man on the street, you don't want to spend your hard-earned dollars on a site that could potentially be dangerous. Either get the opinions of  your family and friends for good online shopping sites, or when in doubt, just search up reviews of the site in mind.

Reading reviews can let you know how others perceived their online shopping experience, including accessibility of the site, prices and shipping times. Though your Sugar Valley lifestyle estate is centrally located in Newcastle, it could still take months for a parcel to arrive (if it ever does!) if purchased from a company that doesn't place punctuality as top priority.

Make sure your Wi-Fi connection isn't also accessible to plenty of scammers.Make sure your Wi-Fi connection isn't also accessible to plenty of scammers.

Never use public internet connections

While browsing a few sites just to while away the time should hopefully pose no risks, it can be a very different story when giving out your private information while connected to a public network. This can include your local library, shopping mall or even the airport.

Remember: Just because an internet connection says "secured", that may not be the case. If it's not a private connection, don't use it for online shopping.

Don't fall for sweepstake competitions

This may include that foreign prince who wants to pay you a small fortune in return for your personal details! There are millions of offers online that all target those that aren't technology savvy. While you shouldn't let this stop you from enjoying an online shopping experience, don't listen to any advertisements that sound too good to be true.

Many online sites are also optimised for phones and tablets, so soon you'll be making purchases left, right and centre with a few deft touches.