It is a well-known fact that we Indians have been embracing digital at a rapid pace. Earlier during the Covid-19 outbreak back in 2020, physical transactions took a back seat, and there was an exponential rise in digital payments. From paying bills to buying goods, people switched to online modes of payment. And with a digital wallet, things have become more accessible now.
But even though the pandemic has accelerated this digital transformation, it has led to the rise of cyber crimes and second thoughts about security in digital payments. This has made it crucial to stay vigilant and adopt safe digital transaction methods. Moreover, it is significant to keep in mind that fraudsters are on the lookout round the clock to access systems and steal from you.
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Here are the top five tips to protect your online payments –
Scan with caution
We are always in a hurry to make a digital payment as with a digital wallet, it is done at a lightning speed. Factually, almost every other payment we make is completed after scanning a QR code. Therefore, it is essential to be cautious about fake text messages asking you to scan a QR code to receive money as rewards, prizes etc. Remember, you can only pay via a QR code and never receive money.
Don’t forget to use biometric authentication when possible. Many fintech applications are moving towards this level of authentication with time, which ultimately reduces the reliability of 4-digit or 6-digit pins. With the evolution of smartphones that support seamless fingerprint scanning, it is highly recommended to use this mode when it comes to making online payments.
Never think that it’s the end once you have completed your payment. Sadly, it is not. Numerous scams are reported where consumers receive a call from someone purporting to be tech support who falsely informs them that something is wrong with the transaction. Do not provide sensitive data, such as your password, to protect yourself from such scams. All in all, staying vigilant throughout your transactions is very important.
Refrain from using public Wi-Fi for online transactions
From restaurants to airports to hospitals, every place now has its Wi-Fi network readily available. Unfortunately, many people tend to connect their devices to these networks for some or other work and don’t realise that such networks lack the required level of security. This ultimately makes them an easy target for hackers. So, to protect your digital wallet, it is best to avoid using public networks as much as possible.
Avoid suspicious-looking websites
It’s best to avoid those suspicious and luring websites and instead stick to the reputed ones. But, unfortunately, what happens is that we often keep getting pop-ups of tempting e-commerce websites and end up clicking on them to make purchases after seeing the alluring pics, which are generally fake. So to avoid any compromises, ensure that you stick to verified websites and payment getaways for e-commerce and surfing purposes.
So, remember that no matter how familiar you are with digital payments, it is essential to ensure the security of your online transactions every time you make one. This is because we all have our hard-earned money in our digital wallet, and keeping it safe and secure is very important.