Shopping and paying digitally has long been part of everyday life for most people. It works conveniently and you quickly get the currently cheapest prices, but it also attracts dubious and criminal elements. c’t Safe shopping gives advice so that the whole thing remains safe and you don’t unintentionally become a data slingshot.
Successful online shopping begins with the source of the purchase. In the anonymity of the internet there are serious and less serious offers. Well-known shops rarely cause problems, but they don’t necessarily deliver the best offers – and dodgy dealers are already lurking on their marketplaces. Price search engines and bargain portals can help with the hunt, but you should be aware of their risks and side effects. This also applies in a slightly different way to brick-and-mortar retail if you (very cheap) want to digitize your customer cards. We show you how to proceed methodically and where you should suspect price, data or even fraud traps.
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In the c’t special “Shopping Safely” you get a whole series of tips so that you can shop online and make electronic payments as safely and data-efficiently as possible.
The next step is the payment method. Each has its specific characteristics. They decide, for example, how easy or complicated it is to get your money back in the event of problems – but also on which data goes where and whether you can avoid costs. We provide orientation in the jungle and present the newer trends Giropay, debit card and wallet in detail.
You’ll also find everything you need to know about aftercare if things go wrong with your purchase. We have also compiled examples so that you can identify scams early – especially on classifieds portals – and let the perpetrators run into nowhere.
The c’t Safe Shopping special is available in both paper and digital form. If you order the print edition for 14.90 euros in the heise shop up to and including August 29, 2023, you do not pay any shipping costs.
The digital edition is now available as a PDF for EUR 12.99 from the heise shop; the special issue is also available in EPUB format from the Apple Store.
You can also find the printed issue and the digital edition as a bundle in the heise shop for EUR 19.90. (mon)
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