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Don’t save credit card info on websites

Websites will often offer to save your card details for next time. This is convenient, but not without risk. If the site were ever breached, your card number might be stolen and used for fraudulent purchases. The alternative is to enter the number manually each time or pay with a more secure service such as […]

Take advantage of payment services like Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay

Although they have limited acceptance online, these three payment services have a growing presence in physical retail. They’re safer than using your actual payment cards, since they do not supply the real card number but rather a device identifier. Anywhere that shows the logo for one of these services will usually accept all three, so […]

Don’t use debit cards online

Debit cards can be good alternatives to credit cards because they don’t saddle you with interest-bearing debt. However, if they’re compromised, the fallout can be much worse since a stranger might have direct access to your funds while you have fewer options for recourse. Consider using a credit card with good fraud protection for online […]

Check website privacy policies

Before submitting your email address online, look for a privacy policy. Most reputable websites will have a link to their privacy policy from any form where you’re asked to submit personal data. You should read this policy before submitting your email address or any other personal information so that you know what the owners of […]

When in doubt, use a retailer’s app instead of its website

Buying something on a PC typically entails visiting the seller’s website. A lot can go wrong en route, including visiting an imposter page that isn’t properly secured with HTTPS. Mobile apps bought from stores like the Apple App Store and Google Play are carefully vetted for malware and vulnerabilities, making them safer in comparison. Do […]

Avoid using a debit card or bank account when shopping online

If breached, debit accounts leave you highly exposed to loss, since someone would be able to withdraw funds at will. In contrast, credit cards provide more fraud and liability protection as well as chargeback. That makes them generally better for online shopping. Better yet, use a platform like Apple Pay or Google Pay, in which […]