Trading Online – Secure or Risk?

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Steps to take to ensure secure online trading.

Are online trading companies a safe option to use to trade on international stock exchanges with? If so, how do I know which companies offer safe and secure trading and which companies are only interested in siphoning off my personal information?

The world of online training can either be compared to life in the Promised Land, or it can be akin to a nest of spitting cobras.  How do I know what the difference between the two is?

If you are considering trading online you need to know how to make your experience safe and secure.

What is Online Trading?

Trading online is defined as the “process by which … investors and traders buy and sell securities” via the Internet. There are many companies offering you the options of trading securities, stock or forex via their online trading platform. On the other hand, there are also many identity thieves and corrupt brokers who can turn your online trading experience into a nightmare. In spite of this, online trading is generally considered safe and secure; it depends on which company you choose to trade with.

How do I stay safe online?

By following a couple simple steps, it is possible to trade online safely:

  • Research your trading online broker

Fake online trading companies are one of the most common scams on the Internet today. Their aim is to gain access to your personal information so they can empty your bank account. These sites offer deals and bonuses that seem appealing but are unrealistic.  Before you give any personal information, especially social security numbers and bank account details, to a company, first research the company’s background.

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The easiest way to find out if an online trading business is legitimate is to check with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. It keeps records of all bona vide companies within the United States, as well as the foreign companies that do business in the U.S.  If there is no record of the business listed with this commission, do not trust it.

  • Choose a Reputable Company

By researching and reading reviews online, it is possible to choose a reputable company that has a strong history of security and dedication to its clients. Its fees need to be reasonable and their online trading features need to be the best you can find.

  • Verify the Company’s Privacy Policy

Reputable online trading companies consider it of primary importance to protect their clients’ privacy. They also advertise their privacy policy and make it easily available for their clients’ to access. Every legitimate company should have a detailed policy that explains exactly how your information can and cannot be used. If the company has a weak privacy policy – or none at all – do not trust the company.

  • Check What Encryption the Company Uses

Every reputable company should have an SSL encryption certificate from VeriSign, DigiCert or another reputable company. SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption is one of the most secure and most common online encryption available today. As with privacy policies, a reputable online trading company will display its encryption certification on its website.

Final Thoughts

Trading online can be a secure and lucrative way to make extra money. It can also be a dangerous place for anyone who doesn’t take the necessary steps to protect themselves. So, do your homework, have fun and stay safe.