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Secure Shopping

Secure online shopping with Sage Pay

If you’ve been directed to this page, you’re probably about to shop or pay for something online and want to make sure that the site that your using is processing your card details responsibly.

Sage Pay makes shopping online safe so if the business you’re paying uses Sage Pay, you can be sure that your card data is secure.

What is Sage Pay?

Sage Pay is, the fastest growing independent payment service provider (PSP) and is a division of business software company Sage, one of the UK’s most trusted business brands. We process over 4 billion secure payments each year, for over 30,000 + UK businesses of all sizes. They all rely on Sage Pay to keep their money moving and help them to tackle online card fraud, ensuring that the payment process is safe and easy for you — their customer.

Making it safe to shop online

By using Sage Pay, the company you're about to shop with is ensuring that your card details are not compromised. At Sage Pay we encrypt every transaction to the highest global standards. Our secure systems are scanned and audited regularly by one of the world’s leading Qualified Security Assessors (QSA) so that you can be confident about using them to make a secure payment online.

Sage Pay also automatically provides all of its customers with fraud prevention tools — what that means for you is that if your card has been compromised somewhere else, our e-tailers are using technology that will help to prevent your details from being illegally used on their own site.

Top 10 card fraud prevention tips for the e-shopping enthusiast

So you've found something that you want to buy online, but need a bit of reassurance before you commit to paying. You'll probably want to make sure that your card data is being used responsibly and that your details aren't going to be compromised... here's what to look out for:

  1. HTTPS: Hypertext Transfer Protocol more commonly known as Http is used for most webpages.  However when you come to entering your card details online, watch out for the change from http to https ensuring the page is using a secure connection.  However be warned, if not properly implemented, https is not fail safe so read on for some more top tips...
  2. Padlock: Always ensure when you are entering card details, you can see a locked padlock or unbroken key symbol next to the address bar or at the bottom of the page.  Double clicking on the padlock symbol will display further security information for the site.
  3. Website policies: Have a look for the sites Security policy.  This should detail what information they are going to collect and how they are going to use it.
  4. 3D Secure: If you come across 3D Secure and haven’t registered, make sure you do.  3D Secure provides an additional layer of protection by asking you to enter a password that has been registered with your bank.   This way if your card information is obtained illegally, it will help to prevent funds being spent in your name.
  5. Confirmation: Keep hold of any confirmation emails that you receive.  Always check goods against your card statements.  This way you can easily identify charges that you don’t recognise.
  6. Payment Card Industry compliance: Make sure the retailer you are shopping with has some level of PCI compliance.  If you can’t find the information you’re looking for, don’t be afraid to contact the retailer and ask.
  7. Contact details: It may sound obvious but make sure there are contact details on the site including a physical address.
  8. Reviews: Check online for reviews.  With social media more popular than ever, if a customer has received bad service, the chances are they will have put it online.
  9. Credit vs. Debit cards: Try using a credit card rather than debit-It will offer you more consumer protection.
  10. Chargebacks: If you haven’t received your goods and are unable to contact the company in question, contact your bank for a chargeback.
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