Last issue we looked at differences between browsers. And there are quite a few to pick from. This week is about a few things to look for using them.
Some people do their banking online. I prefer to type the address to my bank by hand each time I go. Never use a link from an email. Your bank will never do business via email, always through real mail or a phone call. If you click on a link from an email, you could be going to what is called a “phishing” site. That is where people at the other end hope you will enter your ID, password and account information in the fields on the resulting page. Then, with this information, they can access your accounts.
You should also see these indicators when you do on-line shopping. Stick with major or well-know stores. Many offer you the ability to return items purchased over the Internet to a store instead of mailing the item back. I did that a few times with a computer case I wanted from Best Buy, it kept getting cracked in the shipping. Third time was enough. If you are not comfortable with completing the transaction on-line, many sites will have a phone number you can call and talk to a real person, or you can even chat in real-time with someone. Dell offers live chat on its site.
And, as I mentioned in the last newsletter, keep your browser as up to date as you can. You should always install the newest version or accept any updates via Microsoft Updates. These are very important in keeping untoward people out of your computer and away from your bank accounts and other personal information.