A reader has a question about an online option:
“I use windows 10 in it, it says “ALLOW SITES TO CHECK IF YOU HAVE A PAYMENT METHOD SAVED”. Should I also turn this off?”
This permission request is coming from the Google Chrome browser. Chrome allows you to save payment methods like credit cards in the browser to make for easier shopping.
To make things even easier, you can allow shopping sites to automatically check to see if you have payment methods saved in Chrome.
It’s convenient, since you don’t have to remember credit card numbers or authorization codes. However, if someone else logs into your Chrome account, they’d be able to use those same payment methods. It’s safest to use only on your secured home network on a computer that no one else used and that never leaves the house.
Obviously, the safest way to go is not to save the payment methods. To turn off saved payments, click the three-dot menu icon at the top right of the Chrome browser and choose Settings from the drop-down menu.
Then select Autofill at the left and then Payment methods.
From here you can decide if you want to save payment methods and if you want to allow sites to automatically check for them.