Protect your credit cards while shopping online

Shopping online has become one of the most convenient ways to purchase anything from groceries, and household items, to subscriptions to your favorite television shows. As you know, Yahoo offers several affordable subscription-based products to enhance your experience, all available to purchase online. Since we value our customers, as well as their credit card safety while shopping online, here are some helpful tips for protecting yourself and your credit cards.

Pin numbers and passwords

On average, a person has to remember approximately 30 passwords or pin numbers. Just think; banking apps, ATM pin numbers, credit card websites and the like. While it may seem easier to recall them quickly if they are all similar and connected to you in some way, experienced hackers have computer programs that can run through combinations of letters, numbers, and passwords to quickly crack your password or pin. To avoid your credit cards being compromised online, consider using a secure password manager like LastPass Premium. You can also visit our help article to learn how to create a strong password.

Don’t store credit card information on websites

If you frequent certain online stores, it’s tempting to store your credit card information on the store’s site so you don’t have to enter the information every time you purchase something. Unfortunately, this can leave your credit card information at the mercy of the site’s security and vulnerable to hackers. If you truly don’t like entering your credit card information each time, consider using the autofill feature in LastPass Premium from Yahoo. Simply create a profile in your LastPass vault and safely store your credit card information there.

Monitor your credit card activity frequently

Credit card and banking apps have come a long way over the years, and most offer a real-time view of your credit and bank card activity. While your credit and bank card companies are likely monitoring for suspicious activity, small transactions can easily go unnoticed if you’re not watching carefully.

Protect your computer

One of the best ways to protect your credit card information online is to protect your computer from hackers and viruses. Consider using a reputable anti-virus product to protect your computer from harmful viruses, hackers, and spyware like Norton Security Online.

Check the Better Business Bureau

If you're using your credit card online at a store you're not familiar with, check the Better Business Bureau’s website or other consumer reports before entering your credit card information. Avoid using your credit card online if the store has a poor record with the Better Business Bureau.