Digital fraud has been running rampant, and it is important that consumers know how to keep themselves from fraudulent businesses and individuals.

A consumer survey—commissioned by global credit agency TransUnion last year—has shown disturbing numbers about digital fraud here in the Philippines. In fact, 71% of the survey’s respondents have said that they were targeted by digital fraud attempts. And 11% of these have fallen victim to said attempts. 

With digital fraud running rampant—not just here in the Philippines, but also around the world, it has become very crucial to learn how to keep your personal data safe online. This is very much true, especially for consumers who like to make purchases online. 

From fraudulent online businesses to threats of hacking and ransomware, there are many dangers present online. Here are five practical steps you can take to keep you and your data safe online. 

5 Ways to Protect Yourself From Digital Fraud

Be Careful with Website Links and Internet Connections

One of the most basic steps you can take to ensure that you are transacting with a legitimate website is to look at its website link. If you do not find the usual “https:” at the start of the website link, this can be a security concern—especially when you are making a transaction online via banking or eCommerce.

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