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10 precautions for online transaction users

precautions for online transaction users
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Online transactions gathered a huge momentum in last few years. Every year e-commerce stats are growing exponentially. Every year more users are opting for online transactions to buy products as online stores provide a much wider range of products than a regular shop and also comes at a cheaper price. With so much growth in online transactions, it also comes with a threat of cyber security hacks.

Here are some tips to remember for online transaction users

  1. Always use a trusted updated security software

The first line of defense when browsing website is to make sure your computer is protected with the latest security software. You should also make sure the security software is regularly updated with the latest updates.
security software online transaction

  1. Always use SSL protected sites

Before making any transactions, make sure the website is SSL protected. This can be identified if you find the website link starting with https instead of http. Any webpage which ask for personal details, social security number or credit card details need to start with https.
https online transaction

  1. Always do transaction on popular and verified websites

If you want to buy a product online, get it from a reputed website. If you are visiting the website for first time, check the website reputation online. A normal search with the website name is enough to give you information on whether to trust the website or not.
online shopping sites

  1. Protect your Password

Always use a strong and unpredictable password. Your password should carry a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters. This allow users to make more variations in password and make it highly unpredictable for hackers.
password security online transaction

  1. Change Password Frequently

Make it a point to change the password every 3-6 months. If the transaction frequency is higher, change password more frequently for better security.

  1. Avoid using password storing applications

Never allow your system or any software to remember passwords. First of all, users tend to forget password quickly if dependent on other programs to remember it for you. The password saving application may crash or stop working altogether, which may end up losing all saved passwords. Another possibility is hackers stealing information from the application using a bug or possible loop hole inside the software.

For Smartphone online transactions

smartphone online transactions precaution
If you are in the habit of using Smartphones or Tablets for making online transactions, take these precautions.

  1. Protect your Phone

Use a password, pattern or pin code to protect your phone. This is essential to prevent misuse, if your phone reach in wrong hands.

  1. Only use verified Apps

App stores are full of Apps from different developers. You can find multiple Apps for every bank and online stores in App stores. Always use verified Apps of banks and online stores. After the use of Apps, clear the cache memory to make sure all traces of transactions are removed.

  1. Opt for OTP before transactions

Always opt for OTP (One Time Password) before any transaction. This is much secure than using a static password. OTP prevent misuse of password.

  1. Report unusual behavior

Despite all the precautions, it is still possible some malicious App or program may get inside the system. If you find any suspicious behaviors such as App asking for DOB or social security number or App automatically login without password, then report it immediately to your bank and block all transactions.

Contact your bank or online service providers to confirm if the App is valid. If it is malicious, it help security professionals to work on preventing such problems later.

Hope you find the article helpful. Share your ideas in the comment section.

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About the author: Anup Raman A Tech Enthusiast|Blogger|Tech Trainer with 10+ yrs experience in the field of IT. My expertise are in Operating Systems, mainly Windows and Computer security which comes from my experience, working as Tech Support and Trainer for Microsoft, Symantec and McAfee. Loves blogging about Technical Troubleshooting, discussing latest Gadgets, Games and doing Reviews.

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