Keep Your Money Safe


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Keep Your Money Safe

  1. 1. When Shopping online Keeping Your Credit Cards Safe
  2. 2. FACT ! <ul><li>The FTC estimates that over 9 million Americans had their identities stolen in 2008. And more than 3 million of us reported misuse of one or more of existing credit card accounts. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  3. 3. How to Keep Your Money Safe ! <ul><li>1. Secure Your Computer </li></ul><ul><li>The last thing you should ever do is shop online with a computer that’s riddled with spyware or key logging software.  Some of these viruses and malicious software applications look specifically for transmitted credit card information, so if you buy items with your credit card on a computer that you’re not certain is free of viruses or spyware, you will be placing your credit card information at risk. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>2. Secure Your Browser </li></ul><ul><li>Once you know your computer is clean of any malicious software, the next level of security that you need to enable is your browser. There are many different browsers to consider, but for the sake of this article I’ll consider the two most popular, Internet Explorer and Firefox.  If you’ve already installed Spyware Terminator above, then you’ve likely discovered the Web Security guard add-on in both Internet Explorer and Firefox, which gets installed automatically. </li></ul><ul><li>When you’re shopping on any website and you want to make a purchase, you simply click on the Web Security Guard button in the Crawler toolbar, and you’re alerted as to whether the site is reported safe or not. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>3. Use Common Sense When Shopping Online </li></ul><ul><li>So you’ve cleaned up your computer, you’ve installed extra security through browser add-ons, what else can you do to keep your credit card information safe online?  Simple – use common sense.  When you’re looking for products to buy online, always make sure that there’s a phone number or some other method to contact someone from the company. Never provide your credit card information through an anonymous online form that offers you no way to interact with a real person. </li></ul><ul><li>Additionally, all browsers are configured these days with a notification that you’re on a secure website, meaning the transmitted data is encrypted so that nothing in the “middle” can view the data.  You know that the connection is secure when you see the “lock” icon in the lower bar of your browser. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>4. Get your credit card statements online </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your private information private. Reduce the paper trail of confidential information coming in to your mailbox and sign up to receive your credit card statements online. Instead of your statement arriving by mail, making it vulnerable to theft, you receive an e-mail alert letting you know your monthly statement is ready. To see your statement, you log in to your secure credit card Web site by entering your password and User ID. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>