The Secrets of Secure Internet Shopping When Using Credit Cards
Most retail outlets will now have some kind of website setup to attract customers to start purchasing their products online. With the implementation of voucher codes, reviews and discounts on all online purchasing, more and more people are giving over their credit card details each day and not really knowing who is receiving these personal extracts of information. The question begs, is the Internet and shopping websites 100% secure? Can credit card data be intercepted before reaching the shopping merchant? And where are the details stored once a purchase is made?
Perhaps one of the major players in trying to keep transactions secure are Verisign who encrypt personal data and give the user satisfaction and peace of mind that their payments are securely reaching the right place. You will notice a small padlock at the bottom right of your Internet browser and an “S” at the end of the HTTP in the address bar if the site is safe to purchase from.
There are so many ways that you can protect yourself and one of the biggest and easiest ways to cut down on risks is by using one credit card for online purchases. So if you ever need to buy anything online use this card and keep a minimum amount in it, or even transfer the funds before you buy online.
PayPal is also another way that has revolutionized the retail world where buyers and sellers can easily and safely send and receive payments across the Internet without any worry. With one e-mail address that is connected to your account all private data and personal information is completely hidden and unexposed to risk and interception. These days a lot of sites have taken to the idea of PayPal and you will find big companies using PayPal as a form of payment.
At the end of the day there is no simple or easy way to completely eradicate the possibility of fraudulent activity and theft, but using a few simple steps and common sense you will cut that risk down. Keep your credit cards protected and only use one for online purchases, sign up with PayPal for peace of mind, and always check out the websites your are preparing to send private details to.