Staying Safe, You know it Makes Sense

Posted: 11th July 2016 08:05

With the increase of fraud on the internet you will find that many online sites are becoming more reluctant to accept the usual credit cards as a method payment and on this page we are going to look at what we can do to stay safe when paying for goods or services online.

Paying for goods or services online using your mobile phone or other mobile device has become one of the main  methods used by millions of people, and rightly so as payments should be reliable, in fact paying for goods or services online is safe and secure as long as you put a few things into place.

When you consider that is will be ten years in 2017 since the first generation iPhone was launched to the general public, it seems inconceivable that we never had these devices!  The smart phone amongst other mobile devices have revolutionised the way we communicate, buy and pay for goods and services as well as entertain ourselves. Where else can we save the world from a zombie attack, plan our budget, play at our favourite online casino like or check out the weather at our holiday destination all at a click of a finger?

One of the main things you need to do before buying anything online is to do some research on your retailers just to make sure that it is a legitimate business, and that the website is a secure one before entering any payment details, and this is doubly important if you are going to use a credit card.

Check out PayPal as a funding method. It’s safe to say that PayPal is now one of the most popular payment methods as it’s an online money transaction service that lets you to accept and make payments, without you having to divulge any of your financial information directly to the site you are buying from.

PayPal supports over 18 different currencies with the service being available to more than 180 countries world-wide, and arranging an account is really simple as all you have to do is follow the easy instructions online.

Remember too, to keep your computers and any of your mobile devices up to date and that means having the latest security software, operating system and web browser as these are the best defences against malware, viruses and those who aim to get to your personal details you have stored on your pc or mobile device.  Turning on your automatic updates so that you will receive the latest updates is also a good idea.

Remember too to set strong passwords which needs to be at least eight characters long and would include a mix of numbers, upper and lower cases.

Knowing how to recognise phishing scams is really important when staying safe online as these fraudulent emails and websites have one aim and that is to trick users into disclosing those private account details or login information.  Never click on links or even open any attachments from a source that you are not familiar with.

One last tip to help you staff save is that you should keep your personal information private as hackers are quite happy to use social media profiles to work out security questions in the password reset tools.  You can actually lock down your privacy settings and avoid using such things as your mother’s maiden name, significant birthdays or addresses, and be careful when you accept requests to friend or connect someone you do not know.

Putting these common sense measures into place will go a long way to making your shopping online far more safe and secure, meaning that you will be able to relax and enjoy your time browsing your favourite shops and services.