Sunday, May 18, 2008

Online Shopping Stores are very much convenient

In online stores, the consumers find the product of their choice by browsing through the website of the retailers or they can search across many vendors by using a shopping search engine. Once the consumer has found the product of his choice on the website of the seller, most of the online retailers use shopping cart software which allows the customers to accumulate multiple items and to adjust quantities. Then follows a “check out” process in which the payment and delivery information is collected and some of the websites also allows the consumers to sign up for a permanent online account so that the customer does not have to re-enter the information. And the customer often receives an e-mail confirmation once the transaction is completed, but many online stores do not accept their customer’s credit card information through emails because of the security reasons.

After the payment has been accepted, the goods and services can be delivered in many ways. You can either use the method of downloading which is mainly used for digital media products such as software, music, movies and images. Shipping method is often used where the product is directly shipped to the customer’s address. These online shopping stores often use Drop shipping method of delivery where the order is usually passed to the manufacturer, who ships the product directly to the customer. Whereas, the in-store pick up method is used in the bricks and clicks business model.

Internet shopping stores are very much convenient as one can access to the web 24x7 and you can find just about anything if you search diligently. Mostly, the online shopping is considered cheaper than the high street as the retailers don’t have the overheads of a shop. Online shopping is quick and easy and on a wet, online shopping is far more preferable than visiting down a high street shop in rain and wind. Well, the verdict is wherever you want to shop from, just be smart and use your money wisely.


Monday, May 12, 2008

Online Shopping Safety: The Internet Privacy Problem

When you are shopping, banking or accessing other sensitive or confidential information online, how can you be sure that no one can monitor or intercept this personal information? Moreover, how can you be sure that someone can’t get this information from your computer later? The answer of the first question is simpler that the second one. Mil Shield is a powerful privacy protection tool that can automatically clean all online and offline traces from your computer, which is very important to your Internet privacy, as you will see below:

Traces left on your computer:
The discussion above covers the protection of your Internet privacy from Internet cheats or impostors. However the encryption can not help if someone gets to control your PC or has access to your computer through one of the numerous security holes in the operating system and application software. The thing is that Internet Explorer leaves many traces of your Web surfing. These include Internet history, cookies, Temporary Internet files (a.k.a. Internet cache) and Auto Complete forms and passwords. If an intruder gets access to these traces, he can have a full record of all Web surfing and even some of your computer activities that are not related to Internet.

You can delete some of these traces through Internet Explorer options but not all of them are really deleted (see the article Delete Index.dat files for the most obscure and hard to erase traces). Furthermore, it is real pain to have to clean even these traces because there is no centralized place to control this and there is no way to automate the process. Finally, some of the traces are actually good for your browsing experience – Internet cache speeds up the browsing, cookies protect you from entering your user information over and over again and history makes it easy to type the addresses of your favorite Web sites.

Secure pages and secure connections:
Everything that you enter in the online forms when you are shopping, travels through many (tens or even hundreds) switching devices and computers. In order to be sure that no one can intercept this information, a special way of communication is used, called Secure Socket Layer (SSL). SSL ciphers (encrypts) the information on your computer and deciphers (decrypts) the information on the Web server that you are accessing. But how can you be sure that SSL is used

when you are shopping online?

First, you have to look at the address bar of your browser and see what the address of the page where you enter your personal and credit card information looks like. If the address begins with https: (s for secure) instead of http:, then this page is using SSL. Note that only the page(s) where you actually enter your personal and credit card information need to be protected with SSL. All other pages on the Web site in most cases don’t use SSL because they don’t need to.

Digital certificates, cipher strength and Internet privacy:
With SSL (the secure protocol described above) you can be sure that no one can intercept and decode the private information sent to the online store or whatever web page you are accessing via secure connection. However, there is another danger – how can you be sure that the online shop itself is not a cheat or impostor?

To address this concern, when you visit the online store order page and you submit your personal data, the online store server automatically sends its digital certificate. This is essentially an electronic ID card that proves the online store identity to your browser, and verifies that it was issued by a certificate authority that your browser trusts. This certificate is issued to the online store by a trusted third party called a certificate authority. In addition to proving the online store identity, the certificate provides a cryptographic "key" (cipher) that is used to encode and decode your communication with the online store. Once your browser approves the certificate, the secure server encrypts any information before it travels across the Internet.

Conclusion :
As we saw the online shopping experience can be safe and joyful only if we take some precautions. Here is a summary of the steps that you need to follow in order to protect your Internet privacy:
- Check if the order page(s) are SSL protected. The address of the page must begin with https: and (if you are using Internet Explorer) the little padlock icon on the bottom of the browser window must be locked.
- If the security alerts of Internet Explorer don’t bother you, leave them turned on (or turn them on if they are turned off).
- Use a browser that supports 128-bit cipher strength and (if you are really paranoid) check the digital certificates of the secure pages.
- Use a privacy protection program like Mil Shield in order to avoid the possibility of someone that can steal your personal information after the online transaction.
Well, happy shopping!


Friday, May 9, 2008

The future of shopping could not have been any better!

Are you amazed to read Online shopping as the biggest beneficiary? This is really true and has been credited to several factors including:
Ø Emergence of new market players
Ø Growing competition
Ø Fall in the prices
Ø Favorable government policies
Ø Strict online shopping rules and regulations
Ø Safe and secure payment gateways

All modern day business and entrepreneurs want to get the best results for their line of products and services. Moreover, the modern day customer can only be satisfied with high quality innovative products & services and that too at affordable prices. You may be thinking what are the links between online shopping and all these factors? Let us look at some of the benefits of online shopping to understand these links.

Online shopping eliminates the middlemen and thus the customer get the products and services of his choice at an affordable price. In addition to that, the platform provided by online shopping to the buyers and sellers hold immense value. The sellers can easily get a market and create demand for the products and services with the help of advertisements on the World Wide Web. This means better promotion of products and services as well as enhanced sales and eventually a rise in the overall business performance. The buyers can have an easy access to the products and services with safe and secured payment transactions and the comfort of shopping from the vicinity of their homes.

Several world economies such as the United States, United Kingdom and Japan have been enjoying the comforts of online shopping since the last few decades. India has been a new entrant to the world of online shopping but has gradually strengthened its visibility on the World Wide Web in just a few years. The earlier reluctant customers are now relishing online shopping like never-before. With the positively reformed Cyber laws and regulations coupled with the mass awareness along with a rise in the number of online shopping stores in India, the Indian economy is bound to be one of the biggest names in the world of online shopping in just a matter of few years. This is also evident from the fact that these shopping stores in India have been able to get a positive response from the modern day customer within no time.

It can be easily concluded that these online shopping stores will change the horizons of the world market in the future years, and will exceed the expectations of all.


Thursday, May 8, 2008

Online Shopping Stores - buying an LCD television online

Online shopping is a process where one can purchase products or services through Internet. An online store can be called by many names such as e-store, Internet shop, web shop, online store or virtual store. One product, which is getting widespread attention on online stores, is the LCD televisions.

An LCD television is a Liquid Crystal Display TV, which gives you clean and crystal clear images so that you can watch your images without any disturbances. All the famous brands such as Videocon, LG and Samsung offer their products in their brick and mortar store as well as in online stores. As we all know that in these virtual markets, there is no need to go miles for shopping, one just need to know the basics of Internet and you can shop anything from anywhere just by browsing through the Internet.

For buying an LCD television online one need to take care of certain things such as what kind of design, shape, colour or style you are looking for. You just have to set your budget and these online stores will offer you the products you are looking for at reasonable rates. As we all know that shopping online saves lot of time and money and apart from that you can also avail several offers which are exclusively designed for the online shoppers. To attract more and more buyers these online stores have offers like buy an LCD and get an XBOX 360 and 2 games DVD’s free of cost. Some of these online stores also enable the consumers to compare products with all other online retailers who ultimately save your time and money.

There are many advantages of buying a television online as many online television stores follow “fair” business policies which display return policies, guarantees and shipping costs clearly. Therefore all the terms and conditions are clearly defined while purchasing any specific television. Buying on Internet means that you can be an informed shopper as there are websites which can guide you on how to choose a television and avail the best price. They provide you with unbiased reviews on televisions and there are websites which continuously update you on which television brands are on the top ten listing.

Therefore, if you are looking for a television and want to avail the best deals then you can surely avoid those crowded malls and boring bricks and clicks stores and shop online. It’s surely easy with lot of fun.
The author is a specialist in retail writing. Her writing skills reflect the outcome of years of exposure to the retail industry.