Hit the brakes before you overshare online

We’ve all been there – filling out an online form and suddenly it feels like they’re asking your life story. But hold on! You don’t have to hand over every detail to make a purchase. Here’s how to be a data-guarding champion:

  • Information Inspection: Before hitting “submit,” take a close look at what information the website is asking for. Do you really need to give them your date of birth or phone number to buy that new scarf? If something feels unnecessary, don’t fill it out!
  • Required Only: Most websites only need basic information to process your order – name, address, email. Focus on filling out those required fields and leave the extras blank. You’re not applying for a loan; you’re just buying a book!
  • Save No More: Some sites offer to save your payment details for future purchases. This might seem convenient, but it can also be risky. If you’re uncomfortable with that, delete your saved payment information after each purchase. Think of it like locking your wallet after every shopping trip.
  • Trust Your Gut: If a website is asking for a suspicious amount of information, or if something just feels off, trust your instincts! Cancel the transaction and take your business elsewhere. There are plenty of reputable online stores that won’t ask you to spill your deepest secrets.
  • Data Defense: By being mindful of the information you share online, you can transform your online shopping experience from a data-sharing frenzy into a secure and controlled adventure.