What can you do if you need to buy a computer and you don’t have enough time to go to the store? What can you do if you need to buy a pair of shoes and is too late? Would you buy by Internet? Every year Internet shopping is more popular. Since the foundation of the websites Ebay and Amazon the revolution of the Internet shopping has been increased. But a lot of fraud happens every day. “According to U.S. Federal Trade Commission there were over 205,000 complaints of Internet commerce- related fraud reported in 2004” (Robertson, 2006, para. 2). A lot of people have been robbed because they gave their credit card number through Internet to fictitious companies that start to charge big quantities of money. However Internet shopping has a lot of advantages because it is cheaper, quick and you can do it at home.
Internet shopping could be safe if you pay attention to some information and if you follow some steps. First you have to use the credit card with the lowest limit. Second you should buy just in a recognized website, and third, you must do it just in your personal computer.
When you buy by Internet you have to use the lowest limit credit card that you have, because you are giving your personal information to people that you really do not know. Also you are giving to them your limited money. If you use your lowest limit of credit card you will be more protected. Even though according to Murlrean’s article “Protect Yourself” NCL states that credit card is the best way to buy on the Internet. This is because credit cards have a lot of technology behind them and when they start to detect strange transactions, they are blocked by themselves.
You should buy just in recognized websites where you know that other people buy and they recommend it. Do not use websites found in Google to buy an article. It is better if you buy directly from websites like Amazon. Use websites that have backing companies like Pay Pal, because they can be responsible for your transaction. Also websites like Ebay protect the transaction between two or more people. “Internet is like a central shopping mall, where you can find just about everything you need, from groceries and clothing to collectibles and hard-to-find replacement parts” (Robertson, 2006, para. 2). You just have to go to the correct website.
You must buy just in your personal computer because the computers can save the information of your credit card; even if you say don’t save anything, the computer is always doing a background of the information. This information could be found for others to use it. However according to Epinions.com (2008), in the article Five tips for safe online shopping, you can be checking your credit card balance by internet to know if something different is happening with your money. However if you are in your own computer, you can be registered with your IP address in websites for shopping, and this could make the shopping more safe for you, because just you can buy in a website from your computer.
Finally Internet shopping is a good alternative to buy, and you can, so it is safe if you follow some advice. You should buy with the credit card with fewer limits; you should buy from recognized websites and you should buy from your own computer, because Internet shopping makes your life easier.