Once upon a time, at the turn of this century, when the commercial internet starting becoming a reality, we had the first opportunity to purchase holiday gifts online. This seemed like a big experiment. Would our orders really get fulfilled? Would the gifts arrive on time? Was it safe to give a credit card and other identifying information on the World Wide Web?
Fast-forward to now. Many billions of dollars of gift transactions are happening on an ongoing basis as the current holiday season is upon us. We have grown accustomed to making online purchases of all types throughout the year, and the holiday season ratchets this up tremendously.
Continue reading The Online Gift Bounty and Concerns for the Holiday Season
Once upon a time, holiday shopping meant schlepping from one store to another, braving traffic and crowds, with the hope of finding the perfect gifts for our families and friends. Countless hours and hassles later, we finally collected our stash of presents.
But with the advent of Amazon and other online shopping sites more than 10 years ago came the prospect of buying holiday gifts right from home.
At first, there was trepidation. Was it safe to shop online? Was it OK to share credit card information on the Internet? Would ordered gifts actually arrive? Could they be returned when appropriate? Continue reading Online Holiday Shopping Is Here to Stay
It is officially the holiday season. And the Internet makes it so easy and convenient for us to purchase holiday presents. (Indeed, I must confess, I already have shopped on Amazon and have bought dozens of presents for my family members.) In fact, this user-friendliness, as opposed to trudging out and waiting in lines at stores, might result in the purchase of even more presents than otherwise.
But, and there always seems to be a “but,” as reported recently by USA Today, cybercriminals have been lurking in the vicinity of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the overall holiday season.
Continue reading Holiday Cyberscammers – Naughty, Not Nice!