Phone Card Depot: Prepaid Phone Card Blog
Written by: Tavis McKenzie
Phone Card Depot sells prepaid phone cards that are instantly delivered to e-mail addresses provided by customers.
All that is required to connect to the prepaid phone card company's call routing machine is an access number and a PIN. The physical card (as seen at variety stores) is not needed as it is not swiped or scanned.
Phonecarddepot.com ran a simple test to see if your anonymity is protected when using a prepaid phone card. The test: does the number you are calling from show up on the call display of the phone you are calling?
Our previous post entitled "Is your vision 20/20" mentioned the vast differences between two calling cards: 20/20 and 20/20 Plus. That post can be summarized as follows:
"This card (20/20) is an absolute MESS. It reminds me of a certain cousin who always gets drunk at family reunions. In both cases, I want to scream “TAKE IT EASY”!"
Stored-value vs. Remote Memory System Phone Cards
What turned out as an inventory addition expedition for Phone Card Depot ended up as a "Don't Listen to the Convenience Store Guy" lesson.
Tips for safe online holiday shopping from Phone Card Depot
1. Anti-virus / Spyware:
Get a good anti-virus or spyware program for your computer. Phone Card Depot recommends NOD (personal) or Sophos (business) Antivirus. NOD is great because it constantly scans your incoming e-mails and does not take up as much resources as a program like Norton Anti-virus. Phone Card Depot highly recommends to great "clean-up" programs: Ad-aware SE Personal and Spybot - Search and Destroy, you will be amazed at how many threats these programs find.
2. Internet Cafes / Kiosks:
Internet Cafe's and kiosks may be run on unsecure wireless networks (see #6) or more unscrupulous cafe's may have keystroke recorders installed on machines to record your actions online. Phone Card Depot recommends 3rd party reviewers when seeking out an internet cafe such as YYZtech.ca.
3. Seals of Approval:
You must find a site security seal on any e-commerce site which guarantee's 128-bit encryption. Some of the best encryption providers include: GeoTrust, Verisgn, Thawte. How do you know that these seals are authentic? Click the seal, a certificate will load: check the name of the domain on the certificate, if it matches the domain that you are purchasing from, the domain currently uses 128-bit encryption.
This creates a safe tunnel through which your private information can go. Internet traffic is similar to sending all of your info in a postcard, 128-bit encryption puts a shield around this postcard so that it can only be opened by who it is intended to be sent to.
4. Look for "https://" in the address bar at checkout
The "s" in https, shows that the SSL encryption is being used properly and that the site is secure. The "s" only needs to be present at checkout.
Good: https://www.thecooleststore.com/checkout Bad: http://www.thecooleststore.com/checkout
5. Never Provide Sensitive Information in an Email
Most e-mail correspondence is not encrypted and can be intercepted by a 3rd party. Do not send credit card numbers, SIN numbers etc. via e-mail.
6. Avoid Using Wireless Networks
Some wireless networks are not encrypted with what is known as a WAP key. You will know if your home network is protected if the technician gave you a WAP key to use if you ever needed to make a new connection to your wireless network. Be especially wary of wireless networks at internet kiosks or cafes.
7. Beware of Pop-ups:
When you see pop-ups always avoid them, avoid temptation to click on unknown e-mails, avoid clicking on websites if they come by email. These websites or e-mails may include an executable file that can install malware on your computer. Firefox provides great pop-up protection, if you're using Internet Explorer, Phone Card Depot highly recommends that you switch to Firefox.
Is your vision 20/20? ... Maybe not. On September 15, 2006, 20/20 calling card by Group of Goldline was removed from Phone Card Depot's prepaid phone card inventory after it was added only a month earlier (Phone Card Depot adds 20/20 calling card to inventory). This card was removed because of an abundance of hidden fees.