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Security is a word that gives us the feeling that we are free from any threat or danger. In the internet or computer industry, the term refers to the process, technique, or technology for ensuring that your computer, or the data stored in it or sent through the internet cannot be accessed by any intruder or unauthorized user. This is most important in the online business or ecommerce. eCommerce refers to the exchange of goods and services over the internet. It also applies to the transactions between the manufacturers and distributors, or suppliers and resellers.

Most security concerns in the internet business are about passwords and online transactions involving confidential financial data. Experts and legislators have and are continuously addressing these concerns. The Ecommerce Law provides the policy and implementation guidelines for internet business; and the rest of the industry players have to consider the potential for universal jurisdiction in the event of a lawsuit. Customers from distant countries could file their claims in their homeland. Small businesses could avoid this risk by limiting their business transactions and sales within a more convenient distance and by specifying this in a well-written distribution/shipping policy in their internet store.

Businesses sell their products and services through a simple and secure process and their online customers should first verify the authenticity of the store. Common security features are ensuring that passwords are secure and data involving credit card transaction and funds transfer are encrypted. A lot of people who buy from online stores are primarily concerned with convenience and saving of time and energy. Since a lot of people want to save time and energy, so a lot of people do buy their stuff from online stores. So many products and services are now available in the internet--clothes, groceries, home appliances, cars, heavy equipment, and real estate. If you are availing of goods and services over the net, the following pointers would help:

1. Use a firewall to warn you of suspicious or reported phishing sites. A phishing site is an imitation site.

2. Buy from secure online stores. There are signs that a store is legitimate and trusted. They use security seals such as Verisign, RapidSSL, Geotrust, etc. which use encryption technology (translation into a secret code) to transfer confidential information securely. When you go to the order page, the site address usually has an https rather than an http. You can also see a padlock symbol at the bottom of your screen. Click the security seal to make sure it is real. It should lead you to the seal manufacturer's website. If it's an empty link, beware.

Take a look at image 1 showing an http, for regular browsing:

and an https indicating a secure site, as show in the image below:

3. Call the store's phone number and ask specific questions. They should have quick specific answers to prove that they are in legitimate business. If you don't know the store yet, buy something inexpensive for a trial order.

4. Choose a difficult password and keep it confidential. Do not use the same password in multiple sites or in your other online accounts.

5. Use a credit card and not your debit card or ATM card in your online shopping. The law has security provisions to protect you from any illegal use of your credit card. You can dispute the charges and withhold the payment. This law does not apply to debit cards or ATM cards where payments are absolute and usually hard to contest. Try to use just one credit card for easy monitoring. Your online store's SSL encrypts your credit card data to prevent any hacker from using them. Most banks issue a supplemental online credit card exclusively for your internet shopping. It usually has a lower credit limit than your main credit card. If you haven't got one, call your bank and ask for it.

6. Always log off from the ecommerce site after your transaction.

Internet shopping still remains a safe and secure activity despite the existence of online hackers, password crackers, and thieves because of intensive efforts of several sectors to provide security to the ecommerce industry, and the efforts of the law and big industry players to protect the rights of the consumers and to track and punish cyber criminals.