Don’t you just love the internet? It seems like you can do everything online these days, including checking the latest world news, ordering a box of pizza, and yes, even paying for your storage unit’s rent. But online self storage payments shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially since your information can also be stolen if you don’t take the proper precautions.
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The good news is that with a little common sense and some practical advice on online security, it is possible to make online self storage payments with confidence. Below, we share important tips to help online users such as yourself enjoy better security when making online payments on your self-storage unit.
1. Research the storage facility
This is the first thing you should do if you want to find a reliable short term storage Sydney company. But if you skipped this step before and now need to make online payments, do a quick background check.
A company that has an online presence is easier to trust, especially if you can see reviews left by other customers. From the reviews, you can see everything from the quality of the service, the condition of the storage units, and whether the business is trustworthy or not.
2. Update your security software and device
It’s no secret that outdated software and systems are prone to cyber-attacks. It’s important to ensure that the device you use to make online payments is up-to-date and doesn’t contain malware or viruses.
This can mean installing an antivirus on your computer, keeping it updated, and installing the latest updates for your mobile device to minimise security vulnerabilities.
3. Look for the padlock symbol
Never buy anything or make payments on a website that doesn’t have SSL (secure sockets layer) encryption. If a site has SSL, you’ll see a locked padlock on the left side of the address bar, just before the site’s URL.
4. Create strong passwords
Something as simple as creating a strong password is something a lot of online users fail to do. Another effective method to secure your online transactions is to change the passwords of your online accounts often.
If you’re having trouble keeping track of all your passwords, the smarter move is to use a password manager. This way, you won’t have to keep copies of your passwords on a document in your local memory.
5. Avoid using public terminals
Even if you’re using your own laptop, making payment transactions in public isn’t such a good idea if you have to whip out your credit card to enter your details. You can never know who’s looking over your shoulder and planning to take your credit information.
6. Be wary about sharing personal data
No self storage site will ever need your Social Security number or birthday to do business with you. In many cases, they’ll only need you to add a payment method and the number of the storage unit you’re paying for. So share as little personal information as possible to reduce the chances of compromising your online security.
It is possible to make confident online self storage payments
If you’re willing to follow the proper security measures, there’s no reason why you should worry about making online self storage payments. Here at Macy’s, we value your security and strive to protect your personal information. To find out more about our services, or if you need affordable cubes self storage units, just call 1300 40 90 69.