Feb 12

Internet Shopping and Security

mastercard-prepaidOnline shopping, especially mobile shopping, is a growing trend with millions being made by businesses each day. Instead of going out to buy wants and needs these days, more and more people are opting to just go online and buy everything from games for their mobile devices to Christmas gifts and skin care products. This makes sense, after all shopping on the Internet is more convenient.

When it comes to online shopping though, you have to exercise caution and take the proper steps to ensure security. You can be sure that online businesses are doing their best to keep their websites secure, but you also need to do your job.

Some of the things you can do to make your online transactions safer include:

Shop only on encrypted sites. Look for HTTPS sites instead of HTTP because the extra S makes all the difference in terms of security.
Use prepaid debit cards. Do not use your regular savings account that has debit card features because you don’t want anyone to be able to tap into your savings. Credit cards are ok, but prepaid debit cards are even better because in case someone hacks into your account, the amount they can spend will be even more limited.
Install and update your malware and spyware software regularly. This one we all know about, so how come so many still ignore this simple security measure?

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