If you are anything like me, more and more of your shopping is being done online rather than in the stores. A lot of times I am able to find better deals online and the selection is almost always a lot better. Because more and more of my shopping is being done online I have put together a website security checklist to be sure that I can be as safe as possible while shopping online. Unfortunately, I have been the victim of a hacker before and have since decided that being extra careful when dealing with my online security is unquestionably worth it. I hope this checklist will also help you when youâ€™re shopping on the internet.
- Make sure the website has a trust seal or that they use PCI Scanning on their site to protect your information and find any vulnerabilities that could lead to a security breach. Also click on the trust seal to make sure they are still protected and that it is a valid trust seal.
- Be certain that the website that youâ€™re shopping on is trustworthy and reputable. Look over their security and privacy policies and be sure that everything is in order. If you would like to take things a step further you can also check with the Better Business Bureau and make sure they havenâ€™t been reported by someone.
- Make sure they are using a secure server. You can tell it is secure up in the URL box if it says https when you are checking out rather than http.
- Try to use paypal as much as possible, and if you canâ€™t use them DO NOT use your main money account. If at all possible you should use a credit card thatâ€™s got fraud protection on it in case somebody gets a hold of your information.
Although there is always a chance that there could be a security breach and someone could get a hold of your information, it will definitely decrease your chances if you take a few extra minutes when shopping online and use this website security checklist to help make yourself a little safer.