Sunday, 22 July 2012

Is Online Shopping Safe

Online shopping is a kind of Ecommerce whereby consumers directly buy goods or services from a seller over the Net without an intermediary service. An online shop, eshop, e-store, Net shop, webshop, webstore, online store, or virtual store evokes the physical analogy of buying services or products at a bricks-and-mortar retailer or shopping centre.

Consumers find a product of interest by visiting the website of the retailer directly or by searching among alternative vendors using a shopping search engine. Once a particular product has been found on the web site of the seller, most online retailers use shopping cart software to allow the consumer to accumulate multiple items and to adjust quantities, like filling a physical shopping cart or basket in a conventional store. A "checkout" process follows in which payment and delivery information is collected, if necessary. Some stores allow consumers to sign up for a permanent online account so that some or all of this information only needs to be entered once. The consumer often receives an e-mail confirmation once the transaction is complete. Less sophisticated stores may rely on consumers to phone or e-mail their orders (though credit card numbers are not accepted by e-mail, for security reasons).

Is it safe?

Recently there has been an enormous amount of publicity about the dangers of credit card fraud on the Net; enough in fact that many potential online shoppers are apprehensive about giving their credit card numbers over the Internet. But I think Sending a credit card number to an electronic merchant over the Internet is probably the safest way to make such a transaction. Most major commerce Web sites like Real Shoppee tend to agree. If a person's credit card information is encrypted over a secure site when it is transmitted, then it should be safe. Here are a couple of things a person can check to ensure that a Web site is safe or not. On the page where the credit card number is entered, at the bottom of the browser window should be a picture of a closed lock if the site is a secure site. A closed lock indicates the data transferred is encrypted. If you are still apprehensive or have questions, you might want to contact the vendor via telephone or e-mail and ask them any questions you might have before making any online purchases.

With each passing day, the Internet becomes more integrated into the operations of American business and commerce. In turn, exposure to innovative online services and opportunities has brought about lasting changes for professionals and families as well. In all likelihood, these changes will probably intensify as the Internet increasingly influences our way of life. As such, because of its convenience, online shopping will probably increase to the point that it could easily be the principal purchasing tool of the future for most families. Therefore, it is important for all of us to understand how to shop online safely, wisely, and not impetuously .


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