There was a time not so long ago when people were hesitant to pay their bills online . Many people distrusted the security of Internet transactions and viewed online bill payment as a loss of control over their money. If you gave your checking account number to your insurance or utilities provider, what would stop them from over billing you or maybe even stealing your identity? Somehow, writing cheques and stamping envelopes seemed safer, and lots of people clung to that ritual.
But no longer. People today are paying every bill imaginable online — mortgages, tuition, utilities, loans, rent, credit cars, you name it.
So, why should you pay your bills online? For starters, you’ll save money — both on postage and late fees — as well as time. Online bill payment is also safer than the snail-mail method: Your personal information is much more vulnerable to theft if it’s on paper and physically moving through the postal system. You can also use your credit card to pay all your bills, which can make it easier to keep track of financial matters — and you can earn airline travel miles and other cash-based rewards while you’re at it.