Skip to main content

Shop Safe - Security 101 - Part 2

In the last episode of our Shop Safe series we spoke about how to tell if a website is trustworthy. Today we’ve got some great tips on how to protect your credit card details online. There are three main areas to consider.
  • Always use protection.
    • Computers are amazing machines. Streams of code direct complex programs in the background of your online experience. Much of it we are never aware of. That is where malicious software can get in and record your activities and send the information back to criminal networks. Make sure you have up-to-date virus, malware and spyware protection on your computer.
      • RapidStudio uses and recommends ESET
  • Rely on reputation.
    • What are your first impressions of the payment system? Before you enter your credit card details, be sure the online payment system is reputable and securePayFast is well renowned in South Africa. If you’ve got doubts when it comes to pay, investigate. Check for reviews, a solid contact and look for scam alerts online.
      • RapidStudio use Payfast as a trustworthy, secure payment provider without incident since 2009.
  • EFT phone home.
    • It’s rare for a reputable online store to accept only Electronic Fund Transfers (EFTs) or bank deposits, they're usually secondary options for the convenience of customers without Credit Cards. Reputable stores use Credit Card for fast and mutually secure transactions. If you’ve never dealt with the store and they are asking for EFT payment into their account, rather first ask if you can pay by Credit Card or think twice. Theft from EFTs is harder to reverse than a Credit Card. 

Remember that a wary shopper is a safe shopper.


Shop safe with RapidStudio, and stay tuned for our next blog on cyber security.

Got a question? Get in touch. We’d love to help you out! 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Ooh La La! Fresh French Photobook Wins Hearts.

Here at RapidStudio we love photography. We’re the first choice for professional printing and we offer a kaleidoscope of creative products to showcase your vibrant images. We pride ourselves on innovative design and we’re constantly striving to create new ways to frame your art for the world to
see.


That’s why we support the The GAPP Awards. These are the pinnacle of excellence in the South African printing industry and are sponsored by the leader in knowledge development, The GAPP Magazine. ‘GAPP’ stands for Graphics, Advertising, Print and Packaging.



A stunning example of our innovative endeavours is the Ultimate French Door Photobook. A panel of judges gave it their resounding praise when our fresh design won Gold at the GAPP awards in 2016. We were so proud of our creation when it scored goals for print quality, design and finishing craftsmanship. Not only is this photobook a novel idea, it’s the ultimate in style and functionality.



Showcase your photography with an award winning …

Tip 9 : Aligning and Spacing in Rapidstudio

We often want to create a collage of photo's as a page design. Most of the time we are not totally confident in creating this type of layout in Rapidstudio, as you have to be accurate in your aligning and spacing of pictures. In this tutorial I will be explaining how to create a collage of pictures on a page, as it covers most of the alignment and spacing topics.
I hope this tutorial will help you realise your design intent more accurately and efficiently.
You will probably start with a page layout something similar to this

We are going to start with top row of pictures. The following explanation only refers to the top row, we will be dealing with the rest of the images a bit later.
First of all we need to move the pictures next to each other horizontally to see if they will fit in the "Safe Area" of the page. In this example the pictures are too wide and overlap the safe area horizontally. Please note that you will have to leave a decent amount of space between the safe …

Paint By Shadow Canvases:

Paint By Shadow Canvases:
RapidStudio and CraftRoutes got back in touch with their inner artist in Pretoria last week.
CraftRoutes, a specialist arts and crafts shop in Pretoria, invited Paint-by-Shadow to be the flagship product at their annual exhibition in the Kolonnade Shopping Mall, Montana Park.


Our largest size (80 x 120 cm) canvas was placed on the stand and throughout the 6 days of exhibiting, the canvas was painted by myself (product developer), Sue Peddle (owner of CraftRoutes) and all the sales staff from the store.


The King Protea image was developed for Sue and her shop, which reflected the mood of Heritage Day.  This image also show cases the Proudly South African product Paint-by-Shadow truly is.




Have you always wanted to be an artist but thought it was too difficult?
We have developed an innovative new product called “Paint-by-Shadow. Paint-by-Shadow is a great starter product that takes any of the initial apprehension and unknowns out of the painting process.



When you…