How to safely shop online

There’s just one week to go until Christmas, that means seven shopping days left, including Christmas Eve – even fewer if you’re doing you plan to shop online, as you’ll have to factor in extra time to process and deliver your order.

If you’re shopping online, you’ll also have to factor in the added risk – although secure website and payment technology is always improving, hackers and fraudsters are always finding more devious ways to defraud people, and so online fraud is still a massive problem.

So, to help ensure you stay safe as you shop online this Christmas, Sainsbury’s Bank has produced this informative infographic…

Shop safely online this Christmas

Shopping online is infinitely more convenient than heading out to the high street, but you need to take care when it comes to the websites you’re using, and how you choose to pay. So, before you commit to buy, always make sure of the following:

  • The site you’re using is genuine
  • The site you’re using is secure
  • You’re not following a link from an email that could be a fake
  • You’re not connected to a pubic wi-fi network.

The infographic below expands on these points, and also offers advice on how to safely shop online using a mobile device, and how to get your money back after a scam (the blog then continues below)

Sainsbury’s Bank Visual Guide to Shopping Safely Online

What are the last posting dates before Christmas?

The last Royal Mail posting dates before Christmas are as follows:

  • Second class mail – Tuesday, December 18
  • First class mail – Thursday, December 20
  • Special delivery – Saturday, December 22

There will be no delivery and collection service from Christmas Eve through to Boxing day, but normal service will resume on Thursday December 27. There will also be no deliveries or collections on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. In Scotland, January 2 is a bank holiday so there will be no deliveries or collections north of the border.

It’s also worth noting that many online retailers use different delivery services, so always check the delivery dates and postage policy before committing to buy.

Although most delivery dates for International Economy (Surface Mail) and International Standard (Airmail) destinations have already passed, if you get your cards and parcels in the post today, they may still reach the following countries in time:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Luxembourg
  • Portugal
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Slovakia
  • Switzerland
  • Spain

For reference, and to give you an idea of posting times if you’ve missed this year’s cut off dates, here are the last international posting deadlines for International Economy and International Standard.

International Economy

Saturday November 3 for Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece, Iceland, Malta, Turkey and Singapore
Saturday November 17 for Western Europe

International Standard

Tuesday, December 4 for Africa and the Middle East
Friday, December 7 for Asia, Cyprus, Far East, Malta and Eastern Europe (ex Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia)
Saturday, December 8 for the Caribbean and Central & South America
Monday, December 10 for Greece, Turkey, Australia and New Zealand
Friday, December 14 for the Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, Canada and USA
Saturday, December 15 for Finland and Sweden
Monday, December 17 for Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Portugal, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland and Spain
Tuesday, December 18 for Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg

The last dates for International Standard HM Forces Mail for British Forces Post Offices (BFPOs) are Monday, November 26 for operational BFPOs, and Friday, December 14 for static BFPOs.

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