With Christmas less than a week away, last minute online shopping is at its peak.

For those of us who are working over or up until Christmas, or for those of us who just can’t face the busy shops, inline shopping is a huge friend at Christmas. So many of us now use the internet and online shops to get Christmas presents bought and delivered. It makes everything a lot more convenient.

Whilst shopping online for Christmas, it’s important to keep in mind keeping safe whilst buying your items. A stolen identity or an unauthorized withdrawal is a sure fire way to ruin Christmas. SO don;t let that happen, and stay safe online.

How do I stay safe when Christmas shopping online?

First things first, you should make sure that the security services on your computer are up to date. You should be doing this anyway but if you’re going to be shopping online, don’t give the hackers an easy way into your personal and business data.

You should also be making sure that you are using safe and secure sites to make your online purchases. Gateways like PayPal are usually the safest option as they have their own security measures in place to stop such sensitive data from being stolen. If payment is not possible through a gateway, make sure the site you are providing your card details to is a secure and trusted site. If you have access this site via a link in an email and not directly, make sure the URL in your browser is the correct and official one.

By taking these simple steps and always remaining vigilant when shopping online, you can Christmas shop to your hearts content from the comfort of your living toom.