More and more seniors are using the internet to connect with family and friends, access healthcare services, online banking, and pay bills. Of all the activities that seniors do online, shopping remains their favourite. Whether it is a friend’s birthday, Diwali, or any other occasion, online shopping lets seniors get all the shopping done without leaving their homes. Online shopping helps seniors buy their favourite products from an endless catalogue at the press of a button.    Let us take a quick look at some of the benefits of online shopping for seniors:  Convenience: Online shopping lets seniors shop from wherever and whenever they want to. There is no need for them to hustle through crowded stores and wait in long queues.  Time saver:  Online shopping helps seniors save time. They do not have to drive to stores or wait in traffic for hours. Also, seniors do not have to stress over finding a parking space for their cars.  Saves money: Online shopping is a good way for seniors to avail great discounts without physically visiting the stores.  Helpful customer reviews: This is one of the best advantages of online shopping. Reading reviews and understanding the product based on another customer’s experience makes the buying process a little more worry-free for seniors.    Although online shopping is convenient, it also makes it a lucrative platform for financial predators to target the seniors. Hence, it is important to be careful while shopping online.   As one of the leading retirement homes in Bangalore, we have curated a list of useful tips for online shopping for seniors:    Safety Tip 1: Use strong passwords  While shopping online, seniors should use strong passwords to avoid online frauds and cyber theft. Hackers often break into accounts by guessing passwords. Therefore, avoid commonly used passwords,here is a list of 2020’s commonly used passwords that you may find useful.    Safety Tip 2:  Shop with reputable retailers  Shop directly with online retailers you know and trust. If you already know the brand, it is safe to shop online from their e-store. However, if you are visiting an online store for the first time, do a background check by looking at the websites dedicated to reviewing e-stores.    Safety Tip 3: Shop on secure web pages  The internet browser tells if a site is secure or not. There are sites that show the letters “https” whereas others show “http.” The ‘https’ pages are secure and safe to make online transactions.   Safety Tip 4: Do not use public Wi-Fi while doing financial transaction  Public Wi-Fi connections are not secure for online transactions. Always use a personal or password-protected Wi-Fi connections while making financial transactions.    Safety Tip 5:  Avoid deals and offers that seem too good to be true Beware of online stores offering suspiciously good deals. Often scammers set up fake websites to tempt people to either buy counterfeit items or hand over their card details. The fake websites often look similar to websites of genuine retailers. Do not click on unexpected links or texts that promise deals too good to be true.    As people move into their golden years, they experience a greater sense of vulnerability. Which is why many seniors are moving into gated retirement communities. If you are looking for a worry-free experience after retirement, you can explore our retirement homes in Bangalore. Serene Urbana by Columbia Pacific provides you a peaceful, convenient and the sort of safe retirement lifestyle you have always dreamed of.   To know more about this retirement community in Bangalore, call at +91 8884555554.

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