NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- While carrying around your debit and credit cards to make your daily purchases from coffee to lunch to parking is efficient, the convenience could spell trouble.
Using your credit or debit card to pay for your purchases puts consumers at greater risk of identity theft and losing key personal information.
Here are seven places you should think twice before swiping your debit or credit card to prevent a hacker from intruding into your finances and potentially affecting your credit score.
With the proliferation of discount shopping websites, make sure the online retailer you are purchasing from has a safe website, because many are not secure. Before you enter your credit or bank card information, look for the green lock icon without any overlays, said Shaun Murphy, CEO of Private Giant, an Orlando, Fla.-based company that plans to launch a security app for smartphones.
"Some sites, including Amazon, will not show you a lock icon until you log-in into your account or begin the check-out process," he said. "This means anyone can see what you are shopping for while you are browsing."