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A Guide To Online Payment Security: How To Keep The Thieves Away

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Thanks to technology, we have become more than capable of overcoming the limitations set by distance and time. Information is incredibly easy to access and share, and we are able to easily communicate with people we would not normally be able to interact with. With the increasing popularity of online shopping as well as being able to make online payments, it's only natural that we tend to use these conveniences more and more often.

The problem with this technology is that it is merely a tool. And like all tools, technology can be used to build or to destroy, to help or to harm. And when left in the hands of unscrupulous individuals, technology is truly something that we should all be wary of. News of many a great company that has fallen victim to data leaks and the many average Joes that have their credit card details stolen are commonplace.

Any time you make a purchase online, you are always taking a small risk that someone might be able to steal your confidential details. Luckily, just as technology can be used to cause problems, it can also be used to prevent them. A bit of vigilance and common sense is going to go a long way, and well, sometimes we all could use a gentle reminder. So, these are some of the ways to ensure that your online payments are made secure.

Only Use Your Credit Card When You're 100% Safe and Secure

Your credit card is often your most vulnerable point when you're making online purchases. As such, you should only use your card if you're 100% confident that the site and the business you're interacting with are trustworthy. And if you really must, try to make use of an online payment platform such as PayPal to help add an extra layer of protection. Alternately, if you don't want to use PayPal, there is a plethora of trustworthy platforms that also allow you to do cross-border wire transfers

Always Check The Site's URL

Making sure that "https" is at the start of the URL of the website should always be the first thing thing you check whenever you're going to make any kind of online transaction. Many scammers will use fake websites in order to gain your trust as well as your card details. The "S" in "https" is important as it signifies that the site you're on is secure.

Pay For Your Item With Cash

Yes, if your merchant allows you to opt for a cash on delivery transaction, then go for it. This not only protects your data, but it also ensures that you're able to get the item before releasing any cash. However, it's important to note that if you're going to opt for this transaction type, be sure that you are ready with payment. Not having cash on hand is incredibly inconsiderate to sellers, especially when you factor in the time and energy, as well as the money that it took the seller to have the item shipped to your doorstep.

Fun fact: even Amazon allows cash transactions. This article briefly illustrates the entire process.

Published Thursday, January 10, 2019 2:46 PM by David Marshall
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