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Chapter 7. Web Security (Opening the Vil... > E-commerce Security Issues

E-commerce Security Issues

While we’re on the topic of money, let’s talk briefly about e-commerce. I’ve already talked about how to shop online securely, but here are a few other points that are less technical and more social. Buying online can be easy; in fact, it is very easy. And there are plenty of sites that will happily take your money and send you pet food, groceries, shoes, cars, books, Superman comics, and on and on. Here’s some advice that isn’t directly computer related but could help you use your computer more safely when you’re buying online.

Use Trusted Vendors

Finding stuff to buy online is easy, and finding it from a name-brand or large chain-type store with an online presence is usually easy too. Do not trust that some smaller business necessarily has the same product or return policies just because it has a Web site. If you choose to do business with less-recognized vendors, realize that you might not get the quality of merchandise or service that the name-brand stores can give.


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