Banking and Shopping Online—Is it Safe?

Most everyone that reads a newspaper or reads news online knows that Citibank had a security breach last week. In addition to Citibank, you have Sony, Lockleed Martin, iTunes, and a Senate website getting hacked. This would make anybody wonder if it is safe to shop and bank online. On, do not forget that Michael’s craft store was also a victim of a security breach and that is a brick and mortar store. Should you cut up your credit and debit cards and just use case, which is something that people very seldom use?
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Banking online and shopping online and at brick and mortar stores is still safe using debit and credit cards. You, as the customer, just need to be a little more aware of your credit card and bank statement. When you get it, make sure that you do more than give it a customary glance. Look it over carefully to see if there are any charges that you did not authorize, even small charges because not all illegal charges are large ones.

Hackers are smart and know that a large charge would stick out like a red flag so they do small ones hoping that you are one of those that just give your statements a customary glance.

If you notice any charges you did not authorize, contact your credit card company and/or banks to let them know about the fraudulent charges, change your pin number, and ask for new cards.

More hacked websites news:

Dial-a-Hacker: LulzSec Opens Request Line for Next Target
IDG News Service, on Wed, 15 Jun 2011 08:29:16 -0700

The marauding hackers, with their huge and growing list of conquests — including PBS, the FBI and the US Senate, pornography and gaming sites, and most of all, Sony — opened a hack request line during their latest merry jaunt, Titanic Takeover 

 

Apple Yanks App Over iPhone Passcode Collection
PC Magazine, on Wed, 15 Jun 2011 07:46:54 -0700

hacks and compared it with another data set that was made available after Gawker’s commenting database was hacked in December 2010. He found that most people have only three passwords that they use consistently across the Web on multiple Web sites.

 

Chrome encrypts Gmail whether you want it or not
CNET, on Wed, 15 Jun 2011 07:42:27 -0700

was hacked, apparently by an Iranian. Comodo and its affiliate issue digital certificates that browsers use to establish encrypted connections to Web sites, but the attack produced fake encryption certificates for Yahoo, Skype, Google, and Mozilla. 

Nine Crucial Steps to Protecting Yourself Online
KGO-AM, on Wed, 15 Jun 2011 06:36:50 -0700

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The US Senate, Citigroup, Sony, and Google have all been hacked in the past month. If such behemoths can’t protect themselves, how can you as an individual? ABC News contacted cyber security experts to provide