Online transactions such as banking and shopping are becoming increasingly popular which involve typing your confidential information. Safety is definitely a concern with such online activities. Online crime rates are growing at a fast pace with lots of fake sites trying to take control of private information. These transactions usually take place in a jiff. So, it is very important to take the necessary preventive measures accordingly. Usually, people who try to sneak into your system will monitor, record and key log your data without your knowledge. This information when shared with the wrong crowd will wreak havoc in your life.

Though certain companies provide insurance for such issues, not everything is covered in their policies. It only reduces your burden to your extent but never offers you the complete solution. There are certain safety measures that you can follow in order to evade such crimes. Some of the safer modes of payment include

• E Wallets
• PayPal
• Smart Cards
• Digital Cash

You can also follow these simple but effective ways to ensure online security

Make use of the most updated Internet browser – A browser is nothing but a program that we normally use to browse. This program has the unique capability to mix up the sensitive information thereby making it confusing for anyone who reads the data. When you use the most updated browser, it frees you the hassles of such crimes by scrambling your data with advanced technology. It is called the encryption technology which also makes use of a Secure Sockets Layer. SSL is nothing but an internet protocol which used to transfer confidential data. Before surfing, check if the site begins with https instead of http. It should also contain a lock icon which you will find at lower area of the screen in the status bar.

Always transfer data from reliable sources – This is one of the important step that you need to follow in order to avoid worms, viruses and other malwares from infecting your system. Install security suites which will cipher all types of confidential information like passwords, account numbers and more. You will also receive notifications whether a particular site is secure or not. It automatically blocks such sites and also provides automatic updates to keep you aware of the most recent threats. It encrypts and stores your passwords in a safe location. However, it is also your primary responsibility not to discuss your passwords with anyone.
Avoid cyber cafes and shared computers- Never type sensitive information such as bank account details and passwords from an Internet Café or on a shared computer. Even if such a situation arises, make sure you change the password using your own personal computer. Once you are done with your online activity, sign out from the account first and then close the browser. Never close the browser first. Keep this in your mind that the password should never be easily comprehendible. Deactivate the “Auto Complete” option to safeguard private information.

Go through the privacy policies – Every website will have its own privacy policy. Read the policy completely and make sure that they don’t share your data with anyone. Only then, should you type sensitive information. Also don’t share your user id and password to a company if it sends you an email requesting for the same.

Follow these simple steps that ensure a secured online experience!

 

This is a guest post by Lance Goodman of dishtvoffer.com, a site that offers savings and current information on Dish TV.  For more info click here as well as dish.com services.