The Online World Can Be Unsafe, Guard Your Own Credentials


With the advent of technology, it is quite clear that people have succumbed into the idea of finding comfort and convenience in this interconnected society.

We have witnessed developments brought about by technology in medicine, mobile phones and the Internet. So far, most of us can agree that these feats in technology are advantageous and exciting. One trend that has resulted from this is online shopping for everyone.

The rules are simple: products are posted online, you choose which one sparks your interest, enter the necessary details to fill up an order form and your product is delivered to your doorstep in a jiffy. This is beneficial for those who have little time to go to a mall and shop, but since technology made the populace smarter, we should all be cautious about online transactions.

One tip before you hit that enter button is to limit your shopping to trusted websites. Do a little bit of research like checking reviews of social media sites. When shopping online, know that your payment information will be gathered so ensure that it is protected.

As a simple logic, your payment method is an extension of yourself and your fiscal stability, so keep it private. Make sure that all costs are listed clearly on the webpage before you making a purchase.

Any costs for shipping, value added tax and tips must be itemized. Your chosen payment method should also be insured with buyer protection so if worse comes to worst, and then you have a company to aid you in getting back what you spent.

Check-out pages for online websites must be encrypted and you’ll immediately see this with a little ‘lock’ icon on the URL bar. If there’s no encryption, try to purchase your chosen product from another online store. Your bank account statements should be checked frequently if you’ve successfully made a purchase online, as this would be your cue if something weird is happening.

Passwords should be strong and it is best for you to follow the instructions given for password creation. You must also be keen on your web transactions and ensure that you have a detailed record of your purchases and government-recognized receipts. Studies have also proven that for online transactions, buyers are more comfortable with communicating via live chat, instead of e-mail and calls.

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Paul Intalan

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