With regular news stories about companies being hacked, database breaches, internet-breaking vulnerabilities and online credit card theft, web users are justifiably anxious about making online purchases for fear that their personal information will be compromised by attackers. But where does legitimate concern end and outright paranoia begin? In this post I will try to dispel some of this anxiety and equip users with knowledge on how to make safe purchases online.
It’s a Big, Scary Web
In a previous two-part series on this blog we detailed the general overview of the web’s ecommerce environment and discussed why some websites are more prone to credit card theft than others.