FOXBORO, Mass. -- The pressure is -on, Christmas is getting closer, and you still have not finished shopping. Those wishing to avoid the long lines in shopping malls search on the Internet for exciting last-minute ideas. Many Internet users will make their purchases online this year. When faced with the time pressure, doubts about security are often cast aside. Utimaco the Data Security Company advises all online customers to keep security risk in mind and thwart Internet fraud, despite the last-minute panic.
Many Internet users feel uninformed about security mechanisms and risks in the World Wide Web, according to TNS Infratest. 56 percent of those interviewed by TNS however admit to not having concerned themselves with this topic up to now. The key rules are actually really simple. At the beginning of the online purchase you should ask yourself: "How trustworthy is the provider?" Is there a contact page, a telephone number or a contact address? Those who trust their common sense instead of their instinct have already met the most important requirement for a fast and safe Internet shopping trip. Every commercial website is also obliged to publish conditions of use and data protection information. A glance at the small print protects you from unpleasant Christmas surprises. You should also only shop on secure websites featuring htpps:// in the web address instead of http. During checkout, a small padlock symbol should appear in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen, ensuring the page is protected and credit card details cannot be viewed.