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Google Checkout Security Tips for National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

In the spirit of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, we'd like to take a moment to provide some tips for keeping your financial information secure across the web.

At Google Checkout, the confidentiality of the personal information stored within your account, including your credit card and bank account numbers, is our highest priority. This information is stored on our servers with extensive safeguards in place, and we won't share it with anyone except under the limited circumstances described in our Privacy Policy.

In addition, here are a few tips to help keep your information safe as you browse the web and conduct business online:
  • When shopping online, investigate the seller before you buy. A legitimate business or individual seller should give you a physical address and a working telephone number at which they can be contacted in case you have problems.
  • Check for a secure (https) connection when transmitting any sensitive information such as credit card numbers.
  • Don't reuse passwords across multiple accounts, and make sure your passwords are strong.
  • Always navigate to your online banking account directly (by entering the URL in your browser or using a bookmark), not by clicking on links in emails.
  • Whenever possible, avoid logging in to your online banking account or entering any other sensitive information onto websites while using a public computer.
  • Always log out completely after using online accounts, and never save your passwords on public computers.
  • Beware of money scams.
Although National Cyber Security Awareness Month only comes around in October, remember to visit the Google Checkout Security Center for valuable cyber security information year-round.