Protecting your privacy – Paying at the supermarket or at any type of store

Protecting your privacy

Each week we at the business desk will be presenting you with a tip on how
to better protect your privacy and this is our newest feature.

We are constantly striving to protect ourselves from scams and scammers, but
most of all we need to ensure that our privacy, confidentiality, and
independence are kept safe from prying eyes and those who thrive on
destroying our right to these precious commodities.

We welcome your feedback and look forward to bringing you great tips.

The business desk team

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Paying at the supermarket or at any type of store
Usually there are three methods of payment and you should probably choose
the one that best suits you.
A. Via cash: Make sure that when you open your wallet that you do not open
it up too wide so that prying eyes could see or read what you have in it.

B. Via credit card: Here is where you need to ensure that when you enter
your pin number that you do it yourself.
Chances are that the helpful cashier or sales person would be willing to
help but better be safe than sorry. Make sure to ensure that you cover the
screen or the keypad so that no one can see what you are entering.

C. Using your debit card. This is probably the most risky of the three
methods in that you would need to enter more info than in option 2. Not
just your pin number, but the type of account that you are withdrawing from.
Chances are that the cashier or sales rep could be counted on to keep your
info private but if you are concerned then it is probably best to take a
trusted person along with you when you go shopping.
Be sure to destroy all of your receipts when you arrive home so that they do
not get into the wrong hands.

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