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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 […]

Set up a PIN for voice purchases

If you have an Alexa device, you can set it up so that it will purchase items when you ask it to. However, this gives anyone in your home, including guests, the power to buy something with your credit card easily. It’s more secure to enable a PIN that you also have to say along […]

Dedicate one credit card to online purchases

One possible way to decrease the potential damage of an attacker gaining access to your credit card information, is to consider opening a credit card account for online use only. Maintain a minimum credit line on the account to limit the amount of charges a potential attacker can accumulate.

Use Apple Pay through your iPhone

Apple Pay is a third-party digital wallet. Your credit card number is stored in this application, and you can use it to pay for your purchases with tokenization instead of giving your credit card number to an online store. This will ensure that no one has your credit card information but you.

Shop online by navigating to websites through your browser

If you get an email with a link to a store, don’t click on the link to do your shopping. Open up a new tab and find the online store through your browser. This could protect you against phishing scams, which are attempts to gain personal information like your credit card number through reputable-sounding email […]

Verify your Venmo payments are going where you think they are

If you’re sending cash to a new contact on Venmo, it’s a good idea to do more than just search for their name and assume the first result is accurate and authentic. If possible, scan the recipient’s QR code to find their profile.