Manchester, United Kingdom, December 14, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- The hosting provider behind thousands of UK ecommerce websites is warning Christmas consumers to remain vigilant in their last minute online shopping.
As people swarm the e-street in the days before Christmas, UKFast is cautioning shoppers to maintain their security principles.
“When people are struggling to find the perfect present they may use any old website,” said Lawrence Jones, managing director of UKFast. “Without checking its security credentials these hasty shoppers are potentially opening themselves up to identity theft.”
UKFast offers consumers these tips for last-minute shopping on the net:
· Make sure the website has an SSL certificate. This prevents others intercepting the personal information you send.
· Using a credit card online is safer. Purchases made with a credit card are protected by the Consumer Credit Act of 1974.
· Research the company. Use a reputable dealer or well known retailer if possible. If you’ve never heard of the company it is worth giving them a call to make sure they are legitimate.
UKFast also advises online businesses to secure their websites and make the internet a safer marketplace.
Lawrence Jones commented: “It is of vital importance that consumers and businesses be vigilant in their online dealings especially at this time of year. Hackers know there will be a huge increase in ecommerce this year and are looking for victims. Don’t let it put you off shopping online. The internet is a wonderful platform for finding a Christmas bargain – as long as you take the necessary precautions.”
UKFast secures its network thoroughly with industry-leading McAfee anti-virus technology and robust Cisco Firewalls to ensure its clients provide safe websites to their customers.