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Internet Shopping Pros and Cons

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The Internet is a relatively young technology. Today, after close to 15 years of popular use, we see the Internet being used for everything imaginable, especially shopping! Just sixteen years ago, no-one would have understood the concept of shopping online. Yet, the Internet has opened up new ways of doing things that at the time most of us were born would have been beyond the imagination.

Internet shopping offers many advantages. Shopping is truly made easy when you can do it in the comfort of your own home. When you shop at home, you don’t have to dress up to go shopping and you don’t have to brave the cold or hot weather or travel for miles if you live in a remote region. No matter what type of shopping you want to do, the Internet allows you to shop, browse and check things out in the luxury and convenience of your own home. High-quality photos of products taken at varying angles help you get a clear idea of exactly what it is you are buying.

Without a doubt internet shopping gives us huge convenience. Depending on where you live, some internet shopping web sites can deliver your order to your front door in just 1 or 2 days!

Although this is amazing, unfortunately, there are some down sides to shopping on the Internet. “Cyber crime” seems to always be on the rise. Therefore, it is important for consumers to know how to shop.

Problems with Internet security are probably the scariest thing about shopping online. Therefore, you should be aware of a few basic things from the outset. It is important to check that the web site you are buying from uses secure socket layer (SSL) technology. In a nutshell, SSL encrypts the information you send via the web and ensures that hackers and thieves are not able to intercept and steal sensitive information when it is in transit.

A secure website will have the following features:

  • the web address in the browser bar should start with “https://….” (the “s” indicates that it is a secure website)
  • a padlock should appear at the bottom or the top of your browser window depending on which browser you are using

Be sure to shop at reputable web sites. Often, the smaller the company the higher the risk of having problems. Always buy online with your credit card (not debit card), therefore if the vendor does not honor his or her agreement, you have the security of Visa or MasterCard refunding your money.


Latest Internet Trends

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Social Networking continues to blow up in popularity. These sites just get more and more popular. One web site however stands out from the crowd and that is Facebook. “Are you on Facebook?” Seems to be a question that is asked as frequently as, what is your name or where are you from? If you have ever used Facebook and all of its resources, it is very easy to understand why. You can literally catalogue your life on Facebook. And depending on how much of an exhibitionist you are, you can share almost every aspect of your life with the whole world!

Instant messaging has been around as long as the Internet. An Instant message sent on ARPANET was the first proof of concept for the Internet. MSN messenger is definitely the Instant Messenger application of choice. Almost every Internet user has an MSN messenger account. This program grew significantly in popularity when they opened it up to be used by people even if they did not have a Hotmail email account. MSN now allows a connection to a user’s MSN Space through Instant Messenger as well as Internet phone calls however MSN remains to be

Gaming and computer games in general have been popular for some time. Early computer games were very rustic and primitive, and with graphics that were no more than a circle or a square blob. Advances in PC and Internet technology allow gamers to play computer games together, online. These games can be played between a few individuals or between a very large group of people.

Internet telephony comes in many forms and is offered by many different companies however Skype is the ultimate in Internet telephony. Skype.com set the pace a few years back and challenged every other form of communication in existence while doing so. Skype offers free phone calls computer-to-computer and very low cast calling from Skype to traditional phone numbers.

Auction sites are still popular. Ebay is the recognizable name in auctioning sites although there are many other sites that are popular that specialize in a particular product or service. Job and trade auctioning web sites are growing increasingly popular these days. These are web sites where business owners list projects so that contractors can bid to work on them.


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