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Enable notifications for credit or debit card purchases

It’s important to always look out for fraud on your credit or debit card purchases. Even if no one has stolen your physical card, there are ways they can use the number. If you don’t want to take the time to review your purchases frequently, you can instead opt for text or email notifications whenever […]

Shopping online — pay with credit card instead of debit

E-commerce sites are typically well-protected from attacks. However, you can further reduce your risk by paying with credit, or with a gift/prepaid card, instead of debit. That way, you have more protections from identity theft and no prospect of your bank account being cleaned out if your card number is stolen.

Exercise healthy skepticism while bargain shopping

If you see a deal while shopping online that seems like it’s too good to be true, there’s a decent chance that it is. Be sure to compare the price of the item to the prices of similar items on websites you know are legitimate. Also, check to make sure that the organization is real […]

Use Whois to look up vendors

If you decide to shop from an e-commerce website you’re unfamiliar with, it’s important to take precautions to ensure that it’s a legitimate business. One way you can do this is by looking up the domain name on Whois, which will tell you who owns the domain name or IP address as well as the […]

Purchase as a guest when completing transactions with one-off vendors

Ordering food using a new app? Completing an online purchase with a specialty vendor? Think twice about whether you want to create an account with them. Checking out as a guest leaves you with less to lose if the website in question experiences a data breach down the road.

Watch what information you give away

During this global pandemic, be extra alert to the kinds of information being collected to complete any online transaction. If the merchant is requesting more data than you feel comfortable sharing, cancel the transaction. You only need to fill out required fields at checkout and you should not save your payment information in your profile. […]