At Ads49, your safety and security are paramount. We want to ensure that your experience on our platform is not only enjoyable but also safe. To help you navigate through the online art world securely, we’ve compiled a set of Stay Safe Tips. These practical suggestions will assist you in protecting your personal information, avoiding scams, and maintaining a secure transaction environment. Take a moment to review these valuable tips and incorporate them into your online interactions. Your safety matters to us! Let’s get started with our Stay Safe Tips.

1.     Secure Communication

When communicating with potential buyers or sellers, utilise the platform’s messaging system to keep your personal contact information private. Avoid sharing sensitive details until you are comfortable and confident in the transaction.

2.     Trust Your Instincts

If something feels suspicious or too good to be true, trust your instincts. Exercise caution and be wary of unusual requests, unrealistic offers, or red flags that may indicate a potential scam or fraudulent activity.

3.     Verified Payment Methods

Use secure and trusted payment methods offered by the platform to protect your financial information. Avoid making direct cash transactions or sharing sensitive payment details outside the platform.

4.     Research the Counterparty

Before engaging in a transaction, take some time to research the counterparty. Check their profile, reviews, ratings, and previous transactions if available. A positive reputation and history can provide peace of mind.

5.     Meet in Safe Locations

If you plan to meet in person for a transaction, choose a safe and public location such as a local café, gallery, or public space. Consider bringing a friend or informing someone about the meeting details for added security.

6.     Protect Personal Information

Be cautious when sharing personal information online. Avoid disclosing sensitive details such as your home address, social security number, or financial information unless necessary for a secure transaction.

7.     Use Watermarks on Images

To protect your artwork images from unauthorised use, consider adding watermarks or digitally signing them. This helps deter potential unauthorised reproduction or misuse.

8.     Read and Understand Policies

Familiarise yourself with the platform’s terms of service, privacy policy, and community guidelines. Understand the rules, responsibilities, and protections provided to ensure a safe and reliable selling experience.

9.     Report Suspicious Activity

If you encounter suspicious or fraudulent activity on the platform, promptly report it to the platform’s customer support or through the designated reporting channels. Your action can help protect others from potential harm.

10.  Stay Informed

Keep yourself updated on common online scams, fraud tactics, and best practices for safe online transactions. Stay informed about the latest security measures and remain vigilant to protect your personal information.