Keep Your Online Shopping Secured

Online shopping is one of the most convenient ways to order and purchase items through the transverse of the internet. It is beneficial especially to households for window shopping and buying items. Though online, the need to immediately survey for the item specifications and price is efficient because you can able to search for the information right next to your PC. The ordering process, payment options and delivery are terrific because the whole process is efficient, fast and practical. As a customer, you don’t need to queue on the line to pay for your items or no need to travel and go to the malls to buy some necessary things. Just turn on your PC, search over the site and browse for the items that you want to buy on your wish list.

Guidelines First Before Proceeding with the Shopping

Think of the factors to be considered first before adding items to your wish list or cart. You should be reading these basic guidelines and secure your privacy whenever you make orders and purchases on the online shopping site. Manage your shopping and enjoy browsing different items on the internet!

Gather information

You can collect the relevant details of the online shopping company, reviews and legitimacy upon searching through various blogs, sites and testimonials. It is important to have a background check first before dealing with the site. As a buyer, you should protect yourself from any fraudulent means or scams thus, you should be careful in selecting where online shops to buy. You may also refer to the ratings of the company and its popularity through the social media such as Instagram, Pin Interest, Facebook and Twitter.

Select a safe Payment Option

Cash on delivery payment options are better than installment using credit cards. In a COD, you can able to physically inspect the item before giving your money. You can avail discounts and no interest or extra charges are imposed on the item. Moreover, usually the shipping fees are waived, thus free, no need to pay additional fees for the delivery.

Navigate the page and online shopping security

It is important to look for the certifications or licenses on the site. You can verify these certifications through looking at their logos. The certifications serve as one of the credentials of an online shopping site to evidence its legitimacy and reliability to the public.

Online Privacy Tips for Gamers

Privacy in the world means so much more than it did 10 years ago. These days however, we are surrounded by technology, and that technology can always been used against us, from stealing your bank information, to your home address. And in the world full of gamers, it makes no difference. Anything free or a really cool mod for a game, or a game “hack” can be used to steal information about you. So what can you do to protect your privacy with online gaming?

Well the most important first step is where do you get your games from? Steam for example is a very safe and well known site. Real game makers put their games through steam to sell them. It is like the GameStop of the internet. The site uses PayPal, or any major credit card provider. This protects, you, as a gamer from credit card fraud, and your funds from being stolen. Buying games from an untrusted site can put you at risk of that. Also, always look for the HTTPS in the URL of a page. This means the page is secure and for more or less trusted.

Mobile Gaming Safety

In the land of mobile gaming, many apps ask for permissions to use specific functions on your phone, from your photo album, to notifications, however the most important one to look out for is location. Nearly every weather service app asks for location, because it needs to know where you are to give you the correct weather, and not weather for Timbuctoo. Though, sometimes, for sneaker apps that by luck get on the app store, will ask for your location. Then you ask yourself, “Why does my puzzle game need access to mu location.” Now I can’t tell you if it really needs it or not, but in some cases, it’s using it to find where you live, and perhaps even when you leave to rob your house, to know when you are alone. This would be more common on Google Play, that doesn’t use the same review process as Apple.

The final thing to watch out for is things that are too good to be true. Did that new game that you really want just come out, but you can’t afford it? Well there always seems to be a surplus of “free downloads.” Now this is already wrong, as you are now pirating games, so you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place, as it causes the developers to lose money. Though why else shouldn’t you? Well, as the case it’s a download, there is usually malware and viruses crammed packed into these “free downloads.” Some just mess up your pc and cause it to slow down, while others have the power to take over your system and hold it “hostage.” Then it asks for sums of money for it to be “unlocked,” but in reality, the virus never probably leaves, just goes dormant, until the makers of it reactivate it. These viruses also usually have powers to do other things, such as steal account information, access webcams to spy on you and more. So is it worth It in the first place to even try to pirate games?

Privacy Isn’t Easy – Be Careful

Privacy when it comes to gaming can always be hard. Though just keep cautious when you find “too good to be true” websites, look out for suspicious activities, and be careful how much you reveal about yourself online. Only then, will you have the most privacy when you’re online gaming.

The Biggest Privacy Thief in the US, the NSA

We all see the commercials of identity theft protection or home alert systems, all to protect our belongings, physical or digital.  Though who is the biggest thief in the US? Well its none other than the government otherwise known as the NSA.

NSA LogoThe NSA, otherwise known as the National Security Agency, was an intelligence organization created in 1952; however it can be traced back much further. However the world has changed much since then, and grown into the age of technology and devices, most which store, or at least have access some most of our personal information. After 9/11, the NSA created new IT systems to deal with the massive amounts of information from all the new technologies: cellphones and the Internet. Though what has the NSA done other than track data of our cellphones and is at one point was thought to be developing technology to be able to track different types of data, such as photos, app usage and more on our phones. It was also said that the NSA tracked over 2000 minutes of cellphone data from Osama Bin Laden when he moved to Afghanistan in 2008. However, the terrorist attacks still happen, and ended up as the largest terrorist attack on US Soil.

In 2013, the NSA broke thousands of privacy rules, meaning thousands of American’s personal information was spied on. And even though the NSA is being forced to end bulk metadata collection from phones, it should stop there. The NSA will continue to try to find loop holes in rules set for them.
And until the last of the NSA has been forced to stop, no Americans data will be safe, or at least as safe as they think it is because you have to think about it in real terms. When has the NSA said to stop one terroristic event? Why do they only say they have put do not describe what they were?

The NSA today still steals American’s personal data, and then how much do you trust the government with it, because it only takes one rogue personnel to use your data for their own use.