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Sep 5, 2008
Whether you are online trading Canada or in the United States, you need to be aware of the potential for hackers to steal your personal investing information. When trading online in the United States you are allowed to transfer money directly out of your online trading account to either your personal account or a third party payment processor.

Online trading Canada has some checks and balances in place. You usually can't transfer the funds out of your account to a third party. The broker that you have set up your trading account with will typically issue and mail you a check or you can go to the broker's office and pick up a check. Remember to never invest money that you can't afford to lose. Regardless of which investment vehicle you chose there is always a risk that you can lose your entire investment.

Commonly online trading information is gathered by hackers from a software bug that is downloaded to your computer which records all your key strokes and the websites that you are visiting. Another popular method of obtaining personal information is called phishing. Phishing is when a phony email is sent to you from your brokerage firm or bank asking you to update your personal information because of a security threat. These emails look like they are from your brokerage firm or bank but they are not. Don't click on the links included in these messages. If you have a question about the security of your account, log into your account directly, don't log in through a link in an email.

Online trading Canada and United States investors should always deal with a broker that offers their own security systems. These brokers will normally guarantee their accounts against fraud. You need to be aware though that some online brokers do not guarantee their accounts against fraud. If you are investing online, check your online trading contract to see if you will be protected against fraud.

There are a number of good stock brokers or Forex brokers available for online trading Canada and United States. Each broker will offer different features. Brokers will offer an assortment of trading options such as stocks, futures, Forex, bonds and other types of investments. Online brokers will also offer different interest rates earned and charge different commission fees for their services depending on the amount of technical support that is required. If you are a Canada citizen there are some brokers that will not allow you to trade with their brokerage firm. Online brokers will also offer different technical trading indicators. Not all technical indicators that are offered by online brokers are available to online trading Canada accounts or individuals. You will need to do some research and determine which broker will fit your individual investing needs when online trading Canada or United States.

If you are online trading Canada or in the United States there are certain ways that you can protect your personal information from being stolen. When you are developing a password use a combination of numbers and letter in upper and lower case. Change your passwords regularly. Install good virus software and a firewall on your computer. By taking a couple of easy steps to protect your personal investing information your online trading Canada or United States experience will be a positive one.
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Jayme Hanson operates an information site about Learning How To Invest. Articles include information on Investing Money Advice, Online Brokerage Firms and Money Market Investing.
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