Tips for Safe and Secure Shopping at Cotton Traders
We want to ensure our customers shop online safely and easily. We've therefore put together a list of some simple tips to help you shop securely online with us.
- Check you're shopping at one of our official secure websites; cottontraders.com (UK) or cottontraders.ie (Ireland). Ensure one of these addresses appear in your web address bar at the top of the page; any websites where the web address differs (even a small spelling change) are not affiliated with Cotton Traders. These can be reported to our Customer Services team via Contact Us.
- Don’t forget, when shopping online, paying by Credit Card can offer more protection against fraudulent websites. Check with your bank for full details on how your payment card protects you online. A transaction with Cotton Traders will appear on your statement as “cottontraders.com GB” – anything different may need investigating
- If shopping on Facebook, the only Facebook page we have is “Cotton Traders”. This will be shown on the page, on all our posts and our promotional adverts too. Any variation is not our official page, post or advert
- We charge £3.99 for Standard UK Delivery and £5.99 for UK Express Delivery. We always ship your parcel directly from our UK distribution centre. Any websites or Facebook adverts presenting themselves as Cotton Traders but advertising higher UK postage costs are a fraudulent website which can be reported
- On our official websites, you'll see the Norton logo at the bottom of all pages, which provides authentication from a professional third party that your shopping journey with us is safe and secure. If you visit a website which appears to be Cotton Traders but doesn't have this logo, then stop shopping immediately and report this to our team via Contact Us.
- On our official websites, clicking the Norton logo will take you through to an official certification page (note pop-up blockers must be turned off to see this). If you're on a website which appears to be Cotton Traders and has the Norton logo but you can't click through (and pop-up blockers have been disabled), then stop shopping immediately and report this to our team via Contact Us.
- If you're visiting one of our official websites, a padlock will appear to the left of the web address in your address bar. This is to reassure you that the website is secure, however, please continue to undertake the above checks to ensure it's an official Cotton Traders website.
- Read our customer reviews to ensure the website you're visiting is genuine. You can find our Trustpilot reviews here.
For added peace of mind when shopping online, please see further details on our security policy below.
Cotton Traders Represents First Class Security
At Cotton Traders, we are committed to safeguarding the security of our customers' details. On 28th October 2008, the business became the first multichannel retail merchant in the UK to be officially certified as Tier 1 compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). The process involved to meet these standards can often take several years.
The following points give a brief overview of what this means for our customers and why they can continue to shop with confidence at Cotton Traders.
|- All cardholder data is encrypted before being transmitted across the Internet or internal networks.
- Our systems are regularly checked and monitored by third party security professionals.
- Cotton Traders overall adheres to a strict security policy; and payment processing is managed at the highest standards.
For more information on PCI DSS, click here.
Using our Website
At 'checkout' any information you enter is encoded to prevent anybody else accessing your payment details. Our site uses Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates that ensure your data is encrypted when transmitted over the Internet. When you are in the secure section of the site, a padlock symbol appears in your browser. In most web browsers this appears to the right of the address bar at the top.
'Verified by Visa' and 'MasterCard SecureCode' are additional security measures for customers using payment cards from Visa and MasterCard. This allows you to confirm your identity before purchase as a protection from unauthorised use of your credit or debit card when shopping online. For more details, please visit Visa or MasterCard online or contact your card issuer.
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