[10.13] Networks and Society: Commerce on the Internet
- Thousands of businesses
now have home pages on the Internet
to advertise their goods and services, available for purchase
with a credit card.
- Although many Web surfers regularly visit these sites for
information, sales have been disappointing.
- Complaints about purchasing goods on the Net include
possibility of "cyber scams" and inability to touch the merchandise.
- Fear of credit card theft in Internet purchasing involves the
continuing issue of security of private information distributed
on the Internet. Research on network security is based in software
techniques of encrypting private data from access by unauthorized