Online shopping is great because it is fast and fuss-free, but it does have its risks, mainly the consistent threat of credit card safety. With the help of malicious software such as Keylogger, thieves can steal your private data without your consent and knowledge which is a big issue for many people, especially those of elder generations. They don’t feel safe with the unfamiliar ground of the Internet and therefore never take advantage of the Internet.
Online shopping the safe way
However, there is a way to protect yourself and your computer from these attacks. The handy solution is called SmartSwipe by NetSecure Technologies and can be bought for $99.95 and available for consumers in the US and Canada.
This clever USB credit card reader can be connected to your computer via its USB port and instead of typing your credit card information into the field of online providers you simply swipe the card through the SmartSwipe machine.
This not only speeds up the process of online shopping but by using this nifty credit card reader you can shop with ease of mind because the machine adds another layer of security to your online shopping.
Your data gets encrypted and scrambled with SmartSwipe before being sent over the Internet to the online retailer making it very hard for thieves to steal your information. The company claims that even if your computer was infected with malicious software your transaction would be safe.
If what the company claims is true, this could be the solution to a secure online shopping experience. Despite this little tool you still need to be vigilant in your online dealings and never reveal sensitive private information.
A good way to see whether the SmartSwipe credit card reader is the real deal for your online shopping needs is to use it. It will run with Windows Vista, Windows XP, Internet Explorer 6 or higher and work for all major credit cards. The device also comes with a 90-day money back guarantee.
Note: The SmartSwipe is not yet available here in Australia – we will keep you posted if we hear of any plans from NetSecure to distribute the product here.