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5 Ways to Protect Yourself from Cyber Crime

5 Ways to Protect Yourself from Cyber Crime - iPay88

The holiday is just around the corner, and this means that many of us will be making purchases online to join the crowd to enjoy lots of discounts and special deals. 

The holiday season is a profitable time for online retailers and cybercriminals who see this as an opportunity to profit as well. 

Shopping websites are amongst the top three categories of websites that could be hacked or exploited by cyber attackers from all around the world. 

An additional concern arises, which is bogus (or more commonly known as fake) e-commerce websites, which are made to lookalike legit, but are only built to steal your credit card information.

If you plan to take part in the online shopping spree this holiday season, you need to know how to identify a secure online vendor. 

Below, we have compiled 5 ways to protect yourself from cyber crime.

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Do not click on unexpected email or link to “deals” that seem too good to be true

Use a VPN when you browse

This encrypts your traffic, which cannot be seen for the others. 

If someone gets access to encrypted information, it will not be possible to use it against you, as it will simply contain something that is not possible to be read by others.

Most importantly, a VPN keeps you secure even when you are on a public network.

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Check for the ‘s’

When it’s time to enter your information, you must make sure that the page’s address always starts with https:// rather than https://. 

This extra ‘s’ indicates the site uses an encryption system to safeguard your information. The “s” doesn’t necessarily guarantee the transaction is 100% safe, but it’s a fast and easy check, which gives you an extra layer of confidence.

You can find out a lot about a website’s security by looking for visual clues: scan the entire website for trust marks. iPay88 is a widely recognized trust mark, which provides evidence that a retailer or merchant identity has been verified. Contact our consultants here.


Don’t use one password for all shopping platforms

Hackers often steal passwords from one platform and use it to break into other platforms. 

Having multiple password can reduce the risk of one compromised account quickly spreading to others.

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Don’t shop in public

Don’t conduct online transactions in public places.

Websites often save login information and you might not want to accidentally leave your account open for the next person who uses it on a public computer.

Even if you make it a habit of always logging out, it is still possible for hackers to install key logger information to record your keystrokes.

With this, it will give the hackers your username, password, credit card numbers, and personal information.

You are still not safe even if you are using your own laptop or tablet in public places.

A good hacker can snag your information using the public WiFi. Only shop online from your own computer with a private WiFi connection.


Shopping online is easy and convenient, provided that you’re alert about online security.

If you don’t, now is the time to do so. For consumers, you need to start to shop smartly, always update yourself with the latest knowledge available, and think carefully before you click the “purchase” button.

For merchants, you need to provide a secure website, which will ensure customers that shopping at your website is safe.

Ease the barriers of consumers with iPay88 PCI DSS certification and fraud prevention system Zepsecure.

Contact us for a free consultation if you wish to provide a seamless payment experience for your e-shoppers.

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