I remember watching the smash hit movie The Net starring Sandra Bullock back in late 90s and I was so impressed to see how easily she could order pizza online. From that point on, I wanted to order pizza online too but my parents did now allow it. Their argument was that it was not safe to order things online. Compared to those days, online shopping has become much safer today. Web browsers are now smarter and more secure than ever before.
Actually today’s web browser make it so much easier to order things online as they store your payment methods like the debit card information in the browser itself whenever you make online purchase. The next time you want to order something, online shopping sites can query the web browser to know about the payment methods stored in the browser.
This is useful as you do not have to fill all the information manually. It could also be profitable a some online shopping sites display you discounts and offers based on your bank or credit card type. But it also exposes your payment methods to any website that requests it. In order to stay on the safe side, you should disable this exposure of payment methods stored locally in the web browser to any site on the internet. Here is how:
- Launch Edge browser, click on the menu icon (three dots) and select Settings from the menu. Alternatively, you can enter edge://settings/ in the address bar of the Edge browser.
- From the side bar on the left side, select Privacy, search and services.
- Under the Privacy section, disable the option labeled Allow sites to check if you have payments methods saved.
- This is it, now sites will not be able to know about the payment methods stored in the browser.