Threats of online transaction: tips and traps to ponder on

The Internet era with its immense prospect has actually paved a new way in today’s marketing options. A path-breaking concept of marketing acumen and technology, online transaction has become a global phenomenon.

There is hardly any need to take a trip to the supermarket or mega mart to buy things. All you need now a day is an uninterrupted Internet connection and yes your credit card details, and then shopping is just a click away! Be it therefore for your shopping or your banking, Internet is now your most sought after option.
But is online transaction safe? Is security a biggest threat while keying in your personal details? Well the answer is always a resounding YES. There are a number of fake sites thoughtfully designed to take you for a ride and within no time you will pathetically curse yourself to have divulged your bank details to these camouflaged sites!
Sounds scary, isn’t it!  Still you can’t just cant afford to turn your face away from technology and choose not to opt for online transaction!

Remember the important aspects while going for the online transaction.

  • Use security software and hardware such as firewalls and authentication servers to protect your personal information. Its better to choose hardware or software which can update itself to download the latest files, applications, service packs each time you log on to internet.
  • Choose your passwords carefully. Use combination of numbers, symbols, small and bold letters in the password so that if the hackers even want to access your information won’t be able to guess as to what password you might have used. Do not share your password with others. Frequently change the password

Ponder on some of the online security threats and know how to keep your information safe

Web sites, servers and web services

There are a number of default HTTP web servers, which can expose your information whenever you log on to these websites. Make sure you have the latest patches downloaded and your computer isn’t utilizing a default configuration.
Identify the right website

Websites with encryption technology and a Secure Socket Layer are secure and safe. This is indicated by “https”. Ensure  that the “http” in your browser’s address bar has changed to “https” to indicate a secure transaction.
Avoid links in email

Attempt to make transactions on the actual website. Do not follow any links via email to make a purchase. These emails in most of the cases are fraud.

Take a note of the security icon

Make your online transaction only through the sites, which display a security icon. Security icon is generally signified by the logo of an iota lock, located on the lower right hand corner of your browser.
The online economy is huge involving billions of dollars and millions of changing hands, each day. Security issue during online transaction is therefore very real however if you are aware of the fact how you become vulnerable, you’ll be in a better position to protect your identity.

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