When looking for a website to subscribe to or buy something from, there are probably lots of features you look for. If it’s a video streaming platform, you probably want a wide choice of films and shows available in HD. If it’s an online banking account, you probably want one with a good interest rate. There are also some extra features that you should look out for to make sure whatever brand you use can be trusted with your money and information. Here’s a look at some of those important features you might not generally think about.
If you have a personalized account or a website that simply holds some personal information about you, it’s vitally important that only you can access that information. Virtually every website you visit that has these features will ask you to protect your account with a password so only you can access this information once you’ve entered the password. The only problem is that anybody who also knows your password can also gain access to the same information. Even if you and the website you’re using take every step to keep your password safe from other people if you use the same password for multiple websites you could find your information is jeopardized due to a security breach involving another website.
A better way to make sure your information is protected is to only trust websites that have further identity verification features to keep your information protected. For example, there are some websites that will now even ask you to present some ID before accessing certain features of their website. You might think this would make the logging-in process extremely time-consuming, as traditionally you would have had to either send off or take these documents to a certain location to get them verified. Now there are systems that simply let you take a photo of the ID on your phone and use things like biometric facial comparison to check your identity.
No Sharing of Information
If you submit personal information to a particular website, you probably have a good reason for providing that website with that information. For example, if it’s an online store you may provide things like your mobile phone number so you can be contacted when the delivery driver is near your home. When that is the case, it’s important you make sure the website only uses this information for its intended purpose and not use it for other things, for example ringing you to try and persuade you to buy more products. Make sure you read the terms and conditions at the bottom of any form before you submit any details.
That a Company Treats its Employees Fairly
As well as looking after you as a customer or a user, it’s also important that you check any company is also looking after their employees and anybody who works with them. There are many schemes that companies can sign up for if they pledge to pay all of their employees a fair living wage for their work.
If you only want to spend your money or share your information with companies that are ethically run, make sure you choose websites that list what they’re doing to tackle issues like these on their website.
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