Protecting Your Credit Card Information Online
One of the biggest trends of today's world is shopping online. It is convenient, easy, and saves a great deal of time, not to mention that it, in many cases, saves you a great deal of money at the same time. However, while shopping online is the latest and greatest trend for consumers, hackers and other dishonest people have also turned to online shopping as a way to obtain credit card information for fraudulent use. You take a risk every time you use your computer and the internet to do your shopping, however, if you know what to do and what to look for, you can take steps to ensure that you do everything possible to protect your credit card information. Safe and Secure – That's the Ticket Before you start shopping on ANY website and provide your credit card information, you want to be sure that the website you are shopping with has taken measures to secure your order and payment. There are two specific things you want to look for: Encryption Sign Secure Website Address The encryption sign can be found on the bottom of the webpage you are viewing.
This typically looks like a padlock. An "open" padlock indicates that the website is not secure. It will not encrypt your credit information when you provide it. A "closed" padlock indicates that the site is using security and encrypts the information you provide. Typically, this is shown on the website page that is asking for this information.