A friend of mine told me this week that she would never store personal information online because "she heard" that someone might gain access to her information and steal her identity. She also was 100% convinced that she should never order anything online because "it isn't safe." When I asked her where she obtained these warnings, she admitted that she did not remember but that she "heard it someplace."
I’m afraid my friend has been living under a rock.
In fact, many governments and almost all financial institutions safely and securely move billions of dollars online every day. Your bank moves perhaps millions of dollars online every day, unless it is a very small bank. Stock brokers do the same. Hundreds of thousands of web users place orders online every day. None of them ever lose a penny due to online data transfers. How can they do that?