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The following information is adapted from our shopguide.com.au
This is general common sense information and observations regarding buying
goods from websites on the internet.
The following comments are our own opinions and have no legal bearing.
Remember to always use your own judgement when doing business over the
Internet or by phone.
Purchasing over the internet?
Before purchasing from any site, read their terms and conditions, take
special note of their return and warranty policies and make sure they
keep any details in a secure database. Most sites have a clearly marked
FAQ/your security section. Also make sure there is on option to ensure
they do not pass on your personal details to any third party - most decent
sites will have this option already checkboxed on their order form.
Most online shop sites offer credit card payment systems. Always
ensure that the payment process is encrypted - the lock or key symbol
in the lower status bar of your internet browser should indicate this.
If in doubt, most sites offer quite good FAQ pages (frequently asked questions),
additionally Microsoft and Netscape both offer good help files regarding
online security. If the site does not provide a secure payment system,
don't use it! Ring them if in doubt - if you can't ring because they don't
provide a phone number then maybe another site can provide the same product.
Note: Australian merchants are now able
to charge you a fee for using a credit card (as of Jan. 2003). This has
traditionally been absorbed by the merchant. If they do charge this, the
fee may be around 3% of the transaction value.
Some sites now offer payment by B-Pay. This is great news for people
who don't like or don't have a credit card. You basically fill out the
order online and chose this method of payment. They'll send you the necessary
biller codes and you can then complete the payment using your online banking
facility or by your bank's phone B-Pay system. This system is a winner
in my books!
Other forms of payment?
Some online shops will also offer payment by CC over the phone, payment
by cheque or direct bank transfer. In my opinion a secure encrypted CC
order over the internet is safer than a phone CC payment.
I do not recommend you ever send your CC details by email!
Some issues also arise if the site holds your credit card details in a
database or not. Many sites should do the direct bank approval system
where your details go directly to the bank for approval and are not stored
in a database. Others may store your credit card number but this should
be in a separate secure sever and not with your other personal details.
Most web sites should have a section on how they manage this information
available in their FAQ's section.
Although not a direct concern of this web site, I have found that many
people do not know the basics of using a search engine - they complain
that they cannot find anything! The one most effective thing that I can
educate people about in this respect is to search
for a phrase. To do this, put what you are searching for into a
phrase by using quotes around it! ie: - Australian red wine - might return
80 000+ results. By using quotes "Australian red wine" around
the words, you instruct the search engine to find that phrase - you might
be surprised to find only 800 results with more relevance. Most search
engines have this feature and there are many more rules that can be applied
- you can always use the advanced search
page for more options.
You'll find links to a few of the best search engines (for Australian
users) in the column to your right.
It's the scourge of the internet. Dubious people use software to trawl
the internet for valid email addresses or you're on an email list which
has been sold to others.
Delete this stuff and as a rule and if any offer seems too good to be
true, it usually is! Many ISP's are now installing software to filter
out most spam mail. Talk to your ISP or visit their web site for further
information and make sure your anitvirus software is up to date.
Get Mozilla! - It's
This web browser is a great alternative to using Internet Explorer.
Recommended Antivirus Software:
Network Associates McAfee
highly recommended particularly their network VirusscanASaP
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