When it comes to shopping online, there are things you can do to ensure your safety. Read on for some tips to keep you out of harm’s way.
Do your research
Get a virtual credit card
All online shoppers worry about whether their personal information is safe after they have made a purchase. One option available to you, as opposed to using your regular credit card for purchases, is to use a virtual credit card that is only valid for the site in question and cannot be used anywhere else. This method is secure, reliable and budget friendly for both yourself and for the company.
Have a virtual check done
A virtual check is simply an electronic data exchange that makes it possible for you to do a paper check at the Treasurer’s Office or Tax Collector’s Office to verify that the money you spent on a purchase has actually been transferred. When this is done the only individual privy to your personal information is the tax collector or deputized tax supervisor. A virtual check offers peace of mind when you shop over the Internet and eliminates the concern that your credit card will be stolen.
It is always important when you shop online to be aware of the presence of hackers. These cunning individuals always are looking for ways to steal your personal information for their own criminal purposes. Cut down on the chances of this happening by always making sure that you shop at sites that are secure. Secure sites will have a web address that starts with https as opposed to http. If you work with Microsoft Internet Explorer then look at the bottom right of the browser window. Here you will see a security lock image (or padlock) that means that the site is encrypted with SSL technology.