When you go online, you’re bound to find a wealth of information in just about any category or industry that you can think of. Many people shop voraciously online, finding everything from homes to cars and all that in between. There are others who may go to school online or use the Internet to access their favorite social networking site to chat with their friends and find old acquaintances. Whatever the pleasure is, the Internet has proven to be a place where people can find whatever they need. But is it safe?
Those who frequent any online websites on a frequent basis usually know that there is certain information about yourself that you shouldn’t give out over the Internet. Especially when it comes to financial information, there are all kinds of red flags that go off to signal to a person to keep that to themselves. But transacting and interacting online is not a bad thing to do. It has gotten a bad reputation because of the isolated stories in the news and the instances where a person’s credit card or financial information has been breached. Some things to caution against would include:
- Never transact on a site that doesn’t have the https:// tag. The “s” indicates that the site is secure and is hard for hackers to penetrate.
- Do not divulge your personal information like address, place of employment, date or birth or even your cell phone number on a social site.
- Watch your digital imprint and what information you leave. This includes merchant sites and social sites.
On a broad basis, the Internet is in fact a safe place to be. There are of course Internet predators who wait to access your private information, but with a few precautions, you can avoid them and have a successful online experience.