How Safe is it to Use Your Credit Card Online? + £60 ASOS Voucher Giveaway!
It’s hard to get away from technology when attempting to negotiate the increasingly impersonal world of free-market capitalism these days. Self-checkouts in supermarkets have replaced people; you can bank on the phone without ever talking to anything but a monotone automated voice and buy whatever you want on the internet with your credit card without ever having to say as much as “cheers” to a sales assistant.
Most people have made the move to online banking already. Buying concert tickets, clothes and even grocery shopping has migrated to the world-wide-web, but how safe is it to use your credit card on the internet?
Well the first thing you should know is that it is perfectly safe to buy goods and services online, but like anything that involves exchange of goods and services you need to be a little careful. There are a few things you should watch out for before you decide to get that little bit of plastic out.
Be Smart when Shopping Online
The first thing that must be said is that you should avoid making payments in a public place. Internet cafes, colleges and libraries are all out, when it comes to making purchases online. Ideally, you should always try and use your own computer when buying stuff with your credit card (or anything online) and secure your PC, laptop or mobile device by installing the latest antivirus and spyware tools.
A handy tool to use when it comes to internet safety is the Web Security Card which, once clicked on, will alert you to how safe a website is. There are a number of other great security tools like the No Script App and WOT (Web of Trust) that can also help with online security.
Also whenever you make a purchase on a site make sure there is a number that you can call if something goes wrong or you need to make a complaint. No phone number, email address or business address on a site is a sure sign that the company is not to be trusted.
When it comes to using your credit card online, it is perfectly safe as long as you take a little bit of care and use a lot of common sense. If you are worried, don’t risk it.
Today we have teamed up with NatWest to giveaway a £60 ASOS voucher to one of our readers to encourage safe shopping. To enter this competition just answer the following question in the comments area below and share this giveaway on your preferred social network. The competition will end at midnight on the 31st of January 2014 and the voucher will be sent to the winner by email so don’t forget to input your email address. Your email address won’t be displayed and we won’t send you any spam. If you would like to stay updated with future posts and giveaways though then you can get them for free by subscribing to emails or following us on social media.
The Giveaway Question: What does the ‘s‘ stand for in https://… and if you had to choose a super power beginning with ‘S’, what would it be?
- This Giveaway is for a £60 voucher so please only enter if you’re in the UK.
- Don’t forget to comment on this post answering the question above.
- Don’t forget to fill in the email section on the comment form so we can send you your voucher code.
- Enter Before midnight on the 31st of January 2014.
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