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SAFER INTERNET DAY 2019: 5 Tips for Safe Online Transactions

Safer Internet Day (SID) is here and it is an annual observance celebrated worldwide in February. Over the years, it has become a landmark event in the online safety calendar and this year, today, February 5 Safer Internet Day 2019 will be observed with the theme ‘Together for a better internet’ to raise awareness about cyber safety.

To mark the day Google has started a campaign #SecurityCheckKiya by suggesting tips on how to stay safe online, secure your social media accounts, protect your personal data & avoid getting online threats. SID 2019 is focusing on helping young people understand how consent works in an online context (how they ask, give, and receive online consent – this could be in their friendships or relationships) – with a special focus on how they take and share images or videos, and how they manage their privacy and data. With the number of cyber offences targeting minors on the rise, many have been calling for more to be done to educate and to help protect children from being victims of online abuse and so Google launched Family Link to teach online safety to kids

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Online fraud is on a historic rise and according to a shocking statistic from Juniper Research in 2016, up to 70% of all types of credit card fraud is mainly the card not present (CNP) transactions. This means that you do not have to be present for your purchasing information to be used to carry out transactions. So here are 5 tips to help you keep your online transactions safe:

1. Do Not Use Public Wi-Fi or a Public Computer for Making any online transaction or money transfer

In order to maintain security during online transactions, make sure that you’re using your own computer or mobile device. Do NOT use the computers installed at public libraries or internet cafes to do online transactions or online banking, as these computers can easily be manipulated by tweaking its hardware or software.

2. Make Sure You are Using a Secure Connection

When you are using a secured connection the URL begins with https:// but in all other cases it begins with http://. So make sure you are using https. It is also very important to check for connection security which will feature a lock symbol on the address car. However, if it is red or yellow, it is advised that you should never attempt an online transaction.

3. Use an Advanced Anti-Malware Program

It will protect both classified and unclassified attacks on your computer & other digital devices you are using. Make sure your anti-malware program is updated or its auto update option is “on” which will ensure auto update about the new malware hitting the internet each day. Make sure that the antivirus program is able to detect newly created and mutated malware threats even before it’s included in the database of the automatic updates.

4. Use Credit Cards for Online Shopping

Here is a word of caution for all online shoppers: Make sure you perform online shopping using a credit card and NOT a debit card. What makes using debit cards extremely risky is the fact that it is linked to your bank account.

5. Always Prefer Virtual Keyboard

There are certain malware and viruses that are designed in such a way that they make a log of each key stroke that is being typed on the keyboard. So it is recommended to use a virtual keyboard while doing online transactions.

Banks generally provide an option for a virtual keyboard on their login pages and it is strongly advised that you use them.

Finally, If you suspect that your devise has been compromised and that your information is being misused, you can immediately inform your bank, change your passwords, cancel, block or deactivate specific cards. The sooner you report, the better it is. Your alarm bells should go off if the offer given is too good to be true. Always buy from a trusted vendor and check their address and contact details.

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