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Atomic_Marten
01-21-2005, 01:08 AM
Since I do not use online stores much, please give your thoughts about it.. is it safe? I mean is there a chance for your card (or better, money from it) to be 'stolen' in any way once when you order and send sensitive info?

And also if you guys have positive experiences with some particular online shop, please reccomend it..(where you shop usually?)

There is a bunch of good books that I like in some online stores (I have bookmarked that one SkyChimp suggested http://aeroplanebooks.com/index.htm - they got all kinds of aircraft related books).

Atomic_Marten
01-21-2005, 01:08 AM
Since I do not use online stores much, please give your thoughts about it.. is it safe? I mean is there a chance for your card (or better, money from it) to be 'stolen' in any way once when you order and send sensitive info?

And also if you guys have positive experiences with some particular online shop, please reccomend it..(where you shop usually?)

There is a bunch of good books that I like in some online stores (I have bookmarked that one SkyChimp suggested http://aeroplanebooks.com/index.htm - they got all kinds of aircraft related books).

F16_txmx
01-21-2005, 01:31 AM
Never had any problems with online shoping and i have done plenty. Used edimensional.co.uk the last times to by hw stuff and they deliver the right stuff on time and charge the right sums w/out and hidden additions.

I can add that i use a special credit card for my online shoping that has a fairly low limit on it (EUR 500) just in case the number is snatched.

Regards,

CPS_Shadow
01-21-2005, 01:40 AM
With a well known reputable store it's fairly safe. Amazon.com being a good example.

When you get into lesser known places it get's a bit riskier. I'll usually Google the storename to see what comes up first.

http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rls=GGLD,GGLD:2004-52,GGLD:en&q=%22Aeroplane+Books%22

The site you mention has some good referrals and they don't look planted so I think it should be fine. I would buy from them. Your liability is limited if someone steals your card:

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/credit/atmcard.htm

That's the rules for the US it may be different where you are.

A card number alone is not enough to do serious damage with. However if a site asks you for your social security number or your driver license get out of that site fast and do a complete virus/spyware sweep. And do look for the lock (lower right hand corner of your browser window) to make sure you are on a secure site before you enter your information.

My wife has a slick thing from Citibank that she uses when she buys from the web, it creates a card number that is only good for 15 minutes.

Atomic_Marten
01-21-2005, 05:07 AM
Well the best thing may be what you guys suggested.. online only shopping card (with limited cash on it) and well known places like amazon.com.

I guess I'm gonna give it a try.http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

B16Enk
01-21-2005, 05:27 AM
Never ever give your PIN if asked.

There is only one reason why you would be asked for a PIN online, and that is to take as much money as possible from your bank.

Otherwise I have found online shopping to be a boon http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Some firewalls (OK so only ZoneAlarm Pro as far as I know) can protect your card numbers, advising and prompting you when it detects they are about to be transmitted....

Pusy_Galore
01-21-2005, 05:58 AM
Hi Atomic Marten,

It is safe. First off, check that there is padlock symbol down right which indicates that the webshot uses SSL. Secondly, go for webshops that are somewhat known.

If your credit card should be compromised, you are legally entiteld to a full refund up to 6 months when purchasing over the internet. In essence: it is safe, and even if something goes wrong, you get your money back (assuming you use Visa, MC or Amex).

Been working for over 4 years as loss prevention manager within a large U.S computer manufactures in their European online store. I shop a lot on the Internet.

Best regards,
***** Galore

RxMan
01-21-2005, 07:19 AM
I'm handicapped and do almost all shopping/bill paying online. I have never had a problem. One big thing to look into, CitiBank and at least one other credit card company have a utility to generate a new creditcard number for you to use for online purchases. It works great, it is good only for 24 hours and at only that single merchant you use it for. Just can't use it for reservations or anytime you will need to show your card later as ID. Besides every CC company I know of has a $50 limit to your liability for fraudulant purchases.

Wingstrut_1
01-21-2005, 07:52 AM
I highly recommend aeroplane books. Although I believe they recently sold the business to a couple in Norfolk, I think they will still carry on the tradition of good service.

I probably have purchased about 70 or 80 books from them.

I only wish that they had an online search engine on their website rather than scrolling through titles.

They have a very wide selection of books and publications that you probably won't be able to easily obtain elswhere.