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Privacy Defended: Protecting Yourself Online by Chris Weber, William Chan, Gary Bahadur

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Shopping on the Internet

The Internet's explosive growth in recent years has largely been fueled by e-commerce and e-tailers. The term e-commerce is taken from the phrase electronic commerce. Shopping done over an electronic medium such as the Internet can be called e-commerce, just as an online retail store can be called an e-tailer, short for electronic retailer. Nearly anything can be bought online, from jewelry, books, and music to groceries, movies, and cars. The auction craze has also boomed. eBay has lead the way, with many other popular sites like Amazon following right behind. On auction sites, consumers can sell or buy anything from knick knacks to rare paintings.

Shopping on the Internet has many benefits. Using your home computer ...

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