What the experts say
Michael Busch, a writer for AVWEB, spent three
years consulting for VISA International, and he says using your
credit card on the Internet is safe.
But perhaps New York Times journalist Peter H. Lewis put it best: "Sending a credit card number to an electronic merchant over the internet is probably the safest way to make such a transaction. In the last week, for example, I handed my credit card to a waiter who disappeared with it for five minutes. I faxed my credit card information to a business in New Jersey, and the fax probably lay exposed to everyone in that office for hours and perhaps to the cleaning crew that night. I called a hotel and gave my card data to a reservation clerk and continued my recklessness by ordering some merchandize from a clothing catalogue, again by reading my credit card information to an unseen operator.
too smart to bother--
Note that hackers who are smart enough to
hack a credit card number from the net are also TOO SMART to
try credit card fraud -- -they know it's too easy to get caught.
Criminals who know how to get away some limited forms of credit
card fraud are much more likely to bribe a waiter in a restaurant
or do a dumpster dive behind a gas station. Learning to hack
the net is time consuming. Ask yourself: If I wanted to steal
money fast, which would give me a better payday TODAY -- hacking
the net, or walking down to the local gas station?
aren't the experts --
We feel that mainstream press reporters claiming
that "using your credit card on the Internet is dangerous"
are simply wrong. Remember that mainstream journalist are not
internet experts, and they are not retail merchants. They are
in the business of writing news stories that will get your attention.
Even Dan Askt, the cyber writer for the LA
Time, has acknowledged that credit card purchases over the Internet
are safer than buying flowers over the phone from an office.
fraud down --
Master Card reported numbers showing that
their volume of credit card transactions was up by 26%, but fraud
was down by 11.4 % - you can conclude that fraud is being combatted
You have all
sorts of protection --
The credit card consumer has three levels
We want you to feel safe ordering from us -- even if you still prefer to avoid using you card on the net.