THE GREATEST drawback to electronic commerce is the public's suspicion of entering their details on to an Internet site, particular when it comes to credit cards.
Beth Barling of consultant's Ovum believes that these fears are over- exaggerated.
"People they are really terrified about putting their details out over the Internet, but in reality the chances of crime are tiny," she says.
"It's as safe or unsafe as giving your credit card number over the phone or by fax," says Wendy Grossman, a columnist covering Web-based shopping for the retail industry newsletter Future Shopping.
"Ultimately, the issue isn't whether the technology is safe, but whether you trust the company you're buying from to be honest, fulfil its orders, and implement its security correctly. I've been buying things online since 1995 and have never had a problem."
No one has a clear measure of how the extent of internet crime because there is so little that it is almost impossible to measure. Moreover, there are so many other easier ways to get access to people's credit card information.
Have you noticed how much you trust others with your credit card. You go somewhere you have never been before, give a total stranger your credit card, they disappear from view to process it- and nothing goes wrong. …