5 tips to keep your data safe while shopping online


Online shopping has taken over the internet, and it’s easy to see why – it’s convenient, and the selection is endless! Who doesn’t love shopping in their pyjamas while relaxing on the couch with a glass of wine in hand? We certainly do! You do, however, need to be careful about where you shop and what happens to your personal data.

In fact, data security issues are on the rise, as South Africa’s Information Regulator recently revealed that it receives more than 150 monthly data breach notifications – a considerable increase from last year’s average of 56.

At the same time, more and more South Africans are buying items online. Figures in the Online Retail in South Africa 2024 report, prepared by World Wide Worx in partnership with Mastercard, Peach Payments, and Ask Afrika, show the country’s online retail sector grew to R71 billion last year – a 29% increase from 2022.

Follow these tips from Bob Group to make your online shopping spree that much safer:  

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  1. Beware of phishing attempts and suspicious links to avoid falling victim to online fraud.
  2. Implement advanced technologies such as facial recognition and enhanced verification tools to strengthen your security measures.
  3. Update your information regularly to ensure data relevance and security while online.
  4. Adopt proactive measures like using strong passwords, updating software, and monitoring account activities to enhance your data protection.
  5. Shop with businesses that are transparent, offer high-quality service, ensure secure transactions, and uphold strong privacy policies.