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Shopping online for Father's Day? Follow four rules to ensure secure transactions.

  (June 12, 2012)

Houston, Texas (PRWEB) June 12, 2012

As Fathers Day draws near, sons and daughters across the nation are shopping for the perfect gift for Dad. Whether its an electric shaver, a new golf club, or a sports coat, more consumers are turning to online retailers for their purchases.

However, if online consumers are not aware of transaction security, those Fathers Day purchases could result in identity theft, unauthorized charges, or the misplacement of private information.

Julia Goloshubina, Co-Founder of Voxofon (an international calling provider), manages the security and privacy measures for Voxofons users. Goloshubina summarizes her extensive knowledge of online security with four rules all online shoppers should follow:

1.    Avoid allowing the retailer save your credit card information in your profile. Secure retailers are PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliant. If your credit card information is saved with a retailer that is not PCI compliant, you could be at risk. If you are confident that the retailer is PCI compliant and you want to save your credit card information for quicker checkout, make sure the retailer does not store the security code on your card this is something they are never allowed to do.

2.    When submitting payment, make sure the credit card information you entered is cleared out of all form entries. Some websites, even major retailers, do not do this, thus your credit card information gets stored in your browser. If an unauthorized person uses your computer or if your computer gets stolen, that information can be accessed easily.

3.    Look at the address bar to ensure that you are making a secure transaction. A retailer must go through strict validation processes to obtain an SSL Certificate, which verifies safe transaction practices. If a retailer has an SSL Certificate, the URL on the checkout pages will begin with https://. Also, your address bar in your browser will display a lock symbol next to the URL. For retailers that have more advanced SSL Certificates, you will see a green bar on the address bar of your browser.

4.    Make sure retailers are storing your passwords properly. When saving your profile on a site, retailers have several ways of storing your passwords. The most secure retailers will store the passwords in the form of one-way hashes. Unfortunately, there is no way as a consumer to ensure that a retailer is doing this upfront; therefore you must contact customer support to confirm that your passwords are safe.

About Voxofon
Trusted by thousands of people every day, Voxofon provides high quality VoIP international calling services from any landline, mobile phone, or computer, with apps for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7, and HP Palm webOS. For more information, please visit

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