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tuckerjackk   , 24

from Houston

Top 5 Measures For Secure Online Transactions

Every once in a while, we hear about a news story concerning a recent cybersecurity hack being uncovered, and while the digital world is attempting to progress towards total cybernation, the truth is that when it boils down to maximum cybersecurity, there is a long road in front of us.


 Furthermore, a majority of online attacks are directed at online transactions. Online transactions have become extremely popular due to the convenience and efficiency they offer. People do not have to fiddle for change while ordering pizza. From paying bills to shopping for furniture, everything can be done on the web. However, you must keep your financial information safe. Here are some tips you must follow while transacting online:

1. Choose your password wisely

When you are setting up a password, follow the guidelines offered by the bank or credit card company. Make sure that the password you set is unique and secure. It is better to have a difficult password consisting of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. You should also change the password from time to time. Dictionary words, date of birth, phone number, child's name, etc. should not be used as passwords, because anybody can guess them easily. Further, do not store the password on your phone or computer, since those devices can be hacked.

2. Do not use public Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi connections seem convenient and great because they are free. But, they are also not secure. While it is never recommended to use public wi-fi for browsing online, one must especially make sure not to use it for online transactions. In the same light, avoid using public computers for making online purchases.

3. Secure Socket Layer (SSL)

Whenever you are making any online transaction, just make sure that you are using a secure connection. To determine whether the connection is secure, look closely at the URL of the page. If the website's URL starts with https, then it means that it is safe. Also, make sure that each page of the site is secure.

4. Disable Autofill

Whenever you are using your system to make online transactions, ensure that you are doing so through the incognito mode. If you are using the browser's regular mode, then do not save login credentials. Also, it is wise to turn off autofill. Even though it is convenient to save login credentials and credit card details, it is not good for security.

5. Enable auto-update for all programs

Many people think that just because they have a security program installed on their device, their online security is not at risk. They tend to ignore the fact that even a minor flaw in any of the applications running on the system can cause cybercriminals to hack the system. Internet browsing software and email software get compromised quite often. Therefore, ensure that your web browser and email client is updated at all times.

Jack Tucker is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry from last 10 year. As a technical expert, he has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as office.com/setup