Afraid Of Internet Transactions? Here’s Some Safety Tips

I’m a techie, but a lot of my friends aren’t. Those who never grew up during the “internet revolution” are often hesitant about how they use that technology. An issue that comes up over and over again is that of internet money transactions. Despite all the numerous advances that this technology has given us, they’d rather stick to the traditional methods. Why is this? They’re afraid of the dangers of the internet and losing their money as a result. If you’re feeling this way, here are a few safety tips to help you to not fall prey to scams and hackers.

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Only Enter Details On Secure Sites

This is an important one that will give you peace of mind instantly. You see up there in the address bar how it says http:// at the start of the website address? If you see this on a website in which you’re planning to enter private information like your bank details, you need to be careful. Ideally, what you’re looking for is https://. This means that the connection is secured, ensuring that it’s safe to enter those details. If you ever see red text over the http:// sign, this means that foul play might be at hand.

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Check For Reputability

If you’re going to use any type of software, website or app to enter credit card information, you need to check for reputability. There are thousands of websites and apps that are made purely for stealing your information. You don’t need to be worried about them, though. Instead, check to see what reviews the website/app/software in question has on the internet. For example, let’s say you’re using a financial app like DiPocket. One quick Google Play search comes back with a score of 4.8/5. That’s very high and indicates that the app is safe to use.

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Know How To Spot Phishing Scams

Those who aren’t so up to speed with technology don’t understand about phishing. Unfortunately, phishing preys on the weak and uneducated in order to succeed. It’s when someone manifests themselves as a company, with the pure intention of hacking or stealing details. If you click on what seems like a harmless link in your email, you might open yourself up to an unsecured environment. Enter your details, and you’re in trouble. Always check to see if there are any inaccuracies with the email. If it’s being sent from an address you don’t recognise; you need to be suspicious.

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Check Your Bank Account Regularly

On very, very rare occasions, problems can slip through the cracks. This is what you’re afraid of, but in most cases, plans have been made to counteract any issues. In the worst cases, you might find that a website gets hacked, and your card details are stolen. Heck, you might not even find this out until they use it to make a transaction. This is why you should check your account regularly, just in case. If anything untoward occurs, it’s normally a case of calling your bank and changing your card. In the process, they should refund you for any money you’ve lost. Simple.

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