Posts Tagged Online Security

Protecting Your Financial Information Online

October 24, 2015

With the greater convenience and efficiency offered by online financial transactions, the need to safeguard your information has also increased. More and more people are using the internet for shopping, banking, paying bills, booking tickets etc. However, on the flip side, hackers have also found an easy way to steal the users’ confidential data such as passwords, credit card details, account numbers etc.

Here are some tips that will help to protect your money when you are making online transactions:

  • Be Careful Of Spammy Links: You should always type in the URLs manually for websites where you need to carry out any financial transaction. Clicking on links sent in emails, chat rooms, social networking sites and banner ads on suspicious websites may redirect you to a spam website.
  • Pick A Complex Password: One of the biggest mistakes most people make is using their personal information, like name, pet’s name, date of birth etc., as passwords for online accounts. There are many programs that scan personal information through Facebook accounts and make it easier for the hackers to guess passwords. Make sure you create a strong password, at least 8 characters comprising of letters, alphabets and special characters.
  • Check The URL: While visiting a website that requires entering your sensitive information, you should check and verify that the link is genuine. You should carry out financial transactions only on websites that start with ‘https’. This will ensure that the data you enter is properly encrypted and secure.
  • Get An Additional Credit Or Debit Card: You can also consider having an additional credit or debit card to be used solely for online transactions. Restricting limit for the credit card or holding a limited amount of money on your debit card can help to mitigate the consequences of a hacking attack.
  • Eliminate Vulnerabilities: You should always keep updating the operating system and the applications on your device to eliminate any vulnerability that can be used for malicious purposes. The anti-virus and anti-spyware software should also be installed and regularly updated with the latest security patches.
  • Avoid Using Public Computers Or Internet: As far as possible, you must try to avoid accessing your online banking or shopping accounts on public computers. These systems might not have proper security updates installed and intercept your personal information. Even when using a personal device, avoid connecting to an open or unknown Wi-Fi network. It is possible that hackers might be intercepting the traffic or decoding the information you are sharing over the network.
  • Use Virtual Keyboard: When banking online, you should use virtual keyboard to enter your password or other important details. It automatically encrypts your details and reduces the risk of password theft.

By following the above mentioned tips, you can efficiently protect your personal and financial information from being accessed by the cybercriminals.

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Cyber Security Tips For Online Shopping Portals

November 15, 2010

Internet has become our second home. Most of the time we are either on a social networking sites busy sharing information or networking with friends, or on online newspaper portal simply reading latest headlines, or on chat messengers or may be  just surfing various online shopping portals for buying products. All this need to share information over the net. As webmasters, it becomes very important to have proper measures in place to protect confidential information of users, specially when you run an online shopping store. In an online shopping store, for successful order placement, it is important to seek personal and financial information from users. This information is to be kept secure at all times.

For online shopping portals, the security threats are even more. People choose products and pay for them through merchants gateways. As confidential information like credit card number, name, address and email id is shared, it is important to protect them. There are two ways of taking payments online.

First option is where when the user clicks on “Buy Now” button, he is taken to a third party website of merchant gateway. The secure gateway webpage asks for personal and financial information and processes the payment. After payment the user is returned back to the original shopping portal. In such a scenario, the information is neither shared nor stored on shopping website. All information is processed by merchant gateway engine. It becomes very important to use only reliable payment gateways who have all security measures in place.

Second option is where personal and financial information is taken on the shopping website itself and payment is processed either by personalized merchant gateway or through third party merchant gateway. Here webmaster’s responsibility gets very high as he needs to make sure that personal and financial information is kept secure and out of reach of any miscreants. As a webmaster, you should choose web servers that are secure and safe. It is a good practice to buy dedicated web hosting servers from reliable company for the same.

In case of shopping websites, webmaster should buy and install SSL on the cart, registration section and payment processing sections of the website. This ensures that only encrypted data is processed.

As a webmaster, you should make sure that only authorized personnel deals with databases. It is a good practice to keep information at different locations and that too in encrypted form. Your web server or physical server should have proper firewalls and security measures installed to counter any cyber attacks. Do make sure that all softwares are regularly updated.

It is a good practice to rope in a cyber security consultant who can plan and help you in setting up completely secure environment for your application. We at Centex Technologies provide consultation and advanced tools to help you prevent any misuse of personal and financial information of your clients. Contact us today at (254) 213-4740

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How To Stay Away From Online Frauds and Security Threats

September 20, 2010

Internet has opened a gateway of knowledge to us. With a click of mouse, you can come to know what is happening thousands of miles away from you. With internet communication has become easy and convenient. However, like any other technology, internet has also been used widely by the hackers and other anti-social groups. The biggest threat that we face on internet is from virus attacks, identity theft and hacking. However, if you avoid doing the following things when you are online, you can save yourself from hackers and virus attacks.

  • Keep your passwords confidential. Never share your passwords with anyone.
  • Avoid logging in to any websites when you are using a shared wireless network, there is a chance that a hacker can steal your password. If you want to login, make sure that you have a firewall turned on.
  • While using any banking website, make sure that you are using web pin or using your mouse to enter the passwords from the set of characters instead of entering them by typing in the required area. This avoids any programs like key logger from recording your key strokes. Most of the banks provide third level of security, use them.
  • Do not download any unauthorized songs, movie or video clips unless you are sure that the source is genuine.
  • Do not download attachments from unknown senders, they may contain viruses.
  • Be aware of phishing mails and never give your personal information like passwords, username, and account number to any emails sent by banks. No banks will ask you this information.
  • Most of the internet browsers warn users from going to malicious websites. When you reach such website, shut down the browser.
  • Always check for the security sign of the website. Never do online transactions if the website does not have any https option or if the security certificate is expired.
  • Store your personal information in an external drive and protect the folder with a password.
  • Last but not the least, never trust any email claiming that you have won millions of dollars and asking for personal information from you. They are frauds.

By following the above tips, you can definitely avoid any kind of frauds or virus attacks and make an online experience much pleasant.

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