|You've probably heard about hackers breaking into the CIA's
mainframe. You've probably heard about hackers taking down Microsoft's web
site. And you've probably heard about credit card details being stolen over the
Well, all of these things have happened, and they'll probably happen
again. But take a look at the big picture: this is a global network of millions of
computers, and every now and again one or two undesirables will make their presence felt,
just as they do in every city centre.
When it comes to online shopping, you have to weigh up the advantages as opposed to the
risks. The points in favour of web commerce are plentiful and obvious: convenience,
value, environmentally friendly business, choice, personal safety...the list is
impressive. The disadvantage is one thing only - that there is a minute chance that
your credit card details may fall into the wrong hands. However, as we will explain
over the next 4 pages, you should be more concerned about whether you put the pizza in the
oven at 10 past or 20 past.....