BUYING STUFF ONLINE SAFELY

Smart Swipe

Joy’s sister never uses a credit card online for fear of identity theft. The “SmartSwipe” from Brookstone.com, should quiet her fears.

This is a $70 card swiper, much like the ones you see in stores. But this one connects to your computer. Swipe your credit card on it and the information is encrypted, making it almost impossible for hackers and thieves to identify.

 

If this kind of protection sounds too paranoid, consider this: More than eight million people were the victims of identity theft last year, and many of them had their credit card information stolen online. Around a third of our holiday shopping is now online, according to data from the National Retail Federation.

SmartSwipe works with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and most major credit cards. It is compatible with Internet Explorer and Firefox on Windows PCs. Now if only they’d make a version for the Mac.

Comments are closed.