Even exchanging information without the appropriate encryption technology or security measures can make a computer user or identity particularly vulnerable. Online transactions take place at record speed, oftentimes faster than a standard credit card transaction or check processing. Providing personal data on the Internet does pose various risks, and taking preventative action is a necessary part of ensuring online safety.
Do you know that online transactions can be monitored, recorded, and key logged by a variety of hackers and third parties without the knowledge or consent of the user. This information is transmitted across networks and opens up the door to a variety o risks that can be fall into the hands of the wrong party. If passwords are stored on a user’s computer, they are especially vulnerable to security breaches. A computer security hole can open up the door to the password files, and hackers can extract and copy this information without the user’s knowledge.
Therefore password files and information have to be protected. You can do this by frequently changing of the password, and using unidentifiable keyword combinations. Also ensure passwords are a combination of numbers, capital and small letters, and symbols can prevent any manipulation simply by guessing the code, and taking the steps to change the password frequently may help with unauthorized access. Do not sharing passwords with any other person is another important step; online transactions rely heavily on a user name and password.
Nowadays, secure websites and pages will feature two important conditions that indicate they are using encryption technology and a Secure Socket Layer. This is indicated by “https” (letter ”s” after the http portion of the URL), and means that the server is a secure one. Microsoft Windows also offers an alert that relays a message indicating whether information over the network is secure. This can help to filter out any risky websites or services.
Downloading from trusted sources can help to protect a user’s sensitive information, as this limits the potential risk of viruses, worms, and other dangerous threats that can lead to data mining and data loss. Making sure all websites that involve direct credit card information and checking account information exchange have a padlock symbol or icon will ensure that the site has been assigned the authority to accept secure and protected information.
Using software that protects and encrypts sensitive information like user names and passwords, and highlights if a site is secure or not, may dramatically improve your online transaction security. Such software should:
- Remove known crimeware and stop suspicious applications.
- Store your passwords in encrypted mode.
- Block known phishing web sites and warn about those that are suspicious.
- Work together with antivirus and Internet security software you may have installed.
- Update automatically in order to keep up to date with the latest threats.