HOW TO SAFELY ORDER ANYTHING IN APP ?
Before installing any mobile app, it is essential to check its source credentials. Whether you are downloading the app from your mobile phone company’s direct store or third-party vendors, mobile phone apps are not 100% safe. Safety is a vital step especially when you are using your mobile app for the online payment. The growth in technology has also increased the malicious activity in the online network like hackers, and online theft/fraud is commonly seen in recent days. However, it can be eliminated if we practice a few steps regularly and have a safe and secure mobile transaction.
Like your computer’s Anti-virus software, get one specially designed for mobile security software. This software helps to scan all the apps before they get installed in your phone. If there is any suspicious activity, it ceases the installation. Also, security software helps to erase all the data from your phone remotely if your phone gets lost. Also, it is a best practice to update your mobile’s software whenever it pops up a notification and regularly performs the device maintenance steps so that it clears up any saved data from memory.
Credit Cards Payment
When you are using your mobile app for purchase, for payment method always use a credit card payment rather than a debit card. Hence, credit cards have better consumer protection against any misuse/ fraud. However, a debit card usage is not a good choice; it is less comprehensive. Also, by the time you report of any missing card, your entire amount may be at risk.
However, many delivery service apps have cash on delivery option which is even more, safer option.
Look for ‘S’ in https:// link
When you select your product and proceed to checkout, all the mobile app will take you to another window for entering the payment method option as discussed in the above point. Before you choose and enter your card details, check if the address starts with https://, this ensures that the data you type in that page will be encrypted and that the hackers cannot decode this data and steal this information.
Don’t Use Public Wi-Fi
In general, the public network is not safe for online payment methods, as they are very vulnerable to malicious activities. It is always a better idea to shop in a home secured network. However, if you are traveling, you can opt for a VPN, which is a private network with built-in safety features.
The security seals are another property which ensures a safe online purchase. Once you are on a payment page, at the bottom of the page, there will be few seals like VeriSign, TRUSTe, McAfee.
Seals let the users know that the trustworthiness of that particular mobile app vendor is being checked and verified and thus, it is safe to use.
Avoid Unrecognized Apps
Apps which are not from the mobile phone manufacturer’s site, but another vendor is usually known as third-party vendors. Often, these kinds of vendors apps are vulnerable to security breaches. It is essential to know who the author of this app is and try to research if they developed any other similar apps. Also, if the apps are free but filled with a lot of pop up unwanted ads and extremely slow in loading each page, then it is better to stay away from them.
Facts About Fine Prints
Whenever you are downloading the app there are a series of questions which are asked to the customers in a thin print like permission to look into your location detail, email contacts, phone number, etc., you can either allow or deny. Read these instructions carefully and follow your instinct if you want to approve these requests. Alternatively, you can also change your preferences in the app settings later. While downloading apps, allowing permissions for unnecessary details may compromise your safety.
Delete The Unused Apps
Unused apps can silently collect the data in the background. They may subject you to security vulnerabilities. It’s better to get rid of unwanted and unused apps to have a safe online experience.
With these mobile apps safety insights, be informed and take a right decision and choose the best delivery app for a safe and reliable online experience.