CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - With all the recent breaches of personal information, including credit cards, is there a safe way to make purchases online? You might be a little hesitant these days to hand over your personal information, including bank accounts and credit cards but not sure what other options you have.
WBTV's cyber expert, Theresa Payton, talks about your options for savvy shopping and protected purchasing.
Theresa has offered 7 tips on how to protect yourself and have fun making purchases or paying back your family and friends online.
TIPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF:
Shopping online should be convenient and fun and if you follow these tips, hopefully you can keep the cybercreeps out of your digital wallet! Theresa also recommends that you shop at trusted sites or research your merchant via the Better Business Bureau. She also cautions that you treat your payment accounts online, like PayPal, Google or Amazon, as if those services have the keys to your bank safe. Even though there is a layer between you and your credit card with these services, be alert and careful.
There are many options you can use to process payments to friends, families, and merchants online. We have listed just three of the many sites that you can choose from to set up payments.
Amazon Checkout Service:
Now, for our word of the week, it is:
FOODTOGRAPHY: Have you been on Facebook and seen a picture of a dessert or an artfully arranged plate of food but no people in the photo? Well, then you have experienced our word of the week. It refers to the new trend of all your friends and family posting pictures of their meals on the internet. According to Mashable, at least once a month more than 50% of people take pictures of their food on their mobile phones to share immediately or later. There are even FOODTOGRAPHY Facebook pages and photo sharing groups on sites like FLICKR to celebrate all the interesting varieties of dishes.