Shopping and Your Privacy Online

By: IC
E-commerce has gradually become a part of out life. iTunes, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, Rakuten Japan, and so much more. These are websites so popular today that even replaces your local Wal Mart because of the innovative idea of shopping and saving online at home.

Purchases are catalog based selection and made payment via credit card. Speaking of which, buyer would've need to create a personal account to make secure payment over the internet.

Although secured personal accounts are being setup, still, there are chances of personal information from buyers being leaked. Hackers or spywares often obtain data when the user keys in their 16 digit credit card number and their name. This provides ample information for them to start collecting a person's financial status, other bank's account, properties, addresses, then they start to steal.

That is the worst case scenario, which happens but none than the normal spamming and spreading of the spywares or so. Shopping online is convenient but there are unwanted inconveniences too. Ever wondered where is your latest iPod after you've ordered from a website offering a cheaper price but in the end you've received a cheap looking teddy bear from the website? Chances of stumbling on a bogus website to obtain your personal information are very high these days.

Learn to be smart while making orders online. Learn to choose reputable websites such as Amazon.com, they provide a trusty secure online transaction method, which allows you to even track your goods when they are on delivery. Other than that, stick to the shopper's instinct, no one would want to sell the latest iPod far lesser than what you can get from the market. Also choose a reputable online transaction method such as PayPal, or single use credit card number valid for online purchases - these precautions will make a difference in securing you, and the shoppers online.
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