Despite the fact that the world wide web represents the very pinnacle of technological development, it remains much easier for many of us to keep our money secure offline, than online.
What we mean by this is that, while the internet offers plenty of advanced security features, many of its users remain a little ‘in the dark’ over quite how to use them in order to ensure their safety and privacy. As a result, it is much easier to check that your wallet is secure in your pocket, or that your extra cash is locked away in a safe, than it is to feel confident that your money is stowed away in a secure and private space online.
Or, at least, that’s what we think. In reality, however, taking advantage of some top rate security features and practices online is much simpler than we might think – and we don’t need to be computer whizzes to pull it off, and sleep easy knowing that we are doing the most for our finances.
Read our three simple tips below.
1. Use a Trusted Payment platform
Chances are that, after around two decades online, you have come across the name PayPal before.
This online payment platform is deployed in all the most prominent areas of the web, from popular gaming sites like casino.netbet.co.uk to digital stores, and as a way of passing funds between you and your friends and family (also known as P2P, or peer to peer payments).
Online payment platforms like PayPal offer a safe, secure space for you to input and store your payment card details, and other identifying information. Rather than handing these sensitive details over to each individual destination online, PayPal can store these and made the payments from your bank account on your behalf, ensuring that you don’t spread your personal data too thin.
2. Look at the Reviews
Whether you are dropping $5 at an online gaming site or $50 on an online clothing store, doing your due diligence and checking independent reviews and review sites like Trustpilot is the best way to know for certain that the site you are handing your money to is legitimate.
Of course, the utilisation of certain payment platforms – in particular, PayPal – is often used as a strong, tell-tale sign that the site itself is legit – and, of course, that your sensitive info won’t be mishandled.
3. Practice Good Password Hygiene
Gone are the days wherein a single, strong password offered sufficient protection against cybercrime. Nowadays, regularly changing our passwords, never sharing them between multiple accounts – and, of course, backing them up with an additional security measure, such as two-factor authentication, represents the only reliable way to keep your sensitive information secure – and, by extension, for you to sleep easy at night.
If you weren’t aware, two-factor authentication refers to the process of securing a device or account against more than one security requirement – or ‘factor’. This could mean that both a password and a numerical code are needed, for instance. It offers a much tighter layer of security for all of us.
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