Should You Buy Viagra With PayPal?
Posted by: Don Amerman in Viagra June 15, 2012 0 28462 Views.
Confidentiality and Discretion when Buying Online.
Privacy and discretion are very important any time you purchase prescription medications online.
Most people are rightly concerned about maintaining confidentiality when they make online purchases, and that is particularly true when it comes to buying prescription medications online. Men who purchase drugs like Viagra online generally do so because it is more private than taking a prescription to their local pharmacy to have it filled. Some online sellers of Viagra accept PayPal as a payment method, but this may not be the best option for people who want to maintain their confidentiality about their purchase.
Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should.
After eBay became the online juggernaut that it is today, many online merchants started accepting PayPal as a payment method, and millions of ordinary people set up PayPal accounts for sending and receiving money. People who purchase items on eBay generally like PayPal because of the perception that they tend to take the purchaser’s side when a transaction is disputed. But many individuals and merchants who accept PayPal have had problems with having accounts frozen. Some merchants have stopped accepting PayPal as a payment method.
While buyers can feel fairly confident using PayPal as a payment method when shopping online, they may want to avoid it for certain transactions due to potential exposure of private information. For example, your PayPal account is accessed with your email address and a password. Anyone (including a spouse or significant other) with a good idea of what your password is could log into your PayPal account and see exactly where you’re making online purchases.
Another problem with using PayPal to purchase prescription drugs online is that there are not that many legitimate online pharmacies that accept PayPal. Coupled with the lack of anonymity of a PayPal account, it would not be that hard for someone with access to your PayPal account to determine exactly where you shopped and what you bought.
Most men don’t like the idea of someone getting into their account and discovering that they have purchased drugs for erectile dysfunction. Better options exist that protect your privacy more.
Paying with a Credit Card.
Credit cards provide security, but not anonymity.
Paying with an ordinary credit card may or may not be more private and discreet than paying with PayPal. If you share a credit card with your spouse and get statements by mail, it wouldn’t be that hard for them to find out that you used the credit card to purchase prescription drugs. If you get online statements, anyone with your user ID and password could log into your account and access online statements (as well as your other identity information). However, credit cards do offer purchase protection against fraud that makes them a top choice for online shopping for millions of people.
Another discreet way to pay for online purchases is to use a prepaid Visa gift card. These can be used anywhere you can use a Visa Debit card. These cards are loaded one time with a set amount of money. They can be used for multiple purchases as long as there is a balance left on the card, but you don’t get a statement in the mail the way you would with a bank debit card or credit card. With these cards, additional funds cannot be added later. This makes them convenient and private for one-time purchases such as online purchases of Viagra. They’re not entirely anonymous, however, because you do have to register your card in order to use it to shop online.
Paying with a Money Order.
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Postal money orders provide anonymity, but at the expense of quick service.
Some online facilitators that sell ED drugs like Viagra accept money orders, which can be purchased at any Post Office. Money orders are paid for with cash and are relatively anonymous. Furthermore, if you pay by mail with a USPS money order, if the seller fails to deliver, they’re committing mail fraud and could face criminal charges. Of course, the main disadvantage of mailing a money order to pay for prescription drugs is that it takes more time than ordering online with a credit card. For some people, however, the peace of mind and anonymity are worth it.
Other Discreet Online Options.
Serve is a prepaid card by American Express which can be used to shop online wherever American Express is accepted. To use it, you simply sign up for an account. You can link it to your bank account, credit card, or debit card. You also have the option of funding your Serve account with cash using MoneyPak, which you can purchase at retailers like Walmart, CVS, Rite Aid, and 7-Eleven. When you fund your Serve account solely with cash through MoneyPak, your Serve card is not linked with your bank account or credit card and you maintain a degree of anonymity.
What to Look for in Online Security When You Shop.
Not all online retailers are as concerned about security and privacy as you and AccessRx are. People are always searching online because they want to know “Is it safe to order from AccessRx?” Be sure that you only shop at sites that keep your personal information confidential and secure. Choose sites that state up front that they do not sell or distribute your personal information, and don’t be afraid to call and ask if you’re unsure of an online retailer’s privacy policy. AccessRx has you covered for those on all bases!
HIPAA has provisions for protecting patient confidentiality in the U.S.
Another thing you should look for when buying prescription ED drugs online is compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Under this U.S. law, national standards were established for electronic health care transactions, as well as national identifiers for health care providers. HIPAA directly addresses the individual’s need for security and privacy of health information.
Make sure that any site you purchase pharmaceuticals from uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology on all areas of the site where you’re required to provide personal information. This ensures that your personal information is encrypted so that anyone who managed to intercept any of your data could not use it.