It seems wrong to judge without ever giving something or someone a chance to prove him or it. And so how is it that it’s acceptable to talk falsely about ventures that just so happens to be unfamiliar to the majority of the dominant population?
E-commerce selling for instance can be seen as an unnecessary form of managing transactions as it promotes a lot of deception. In simple words, it doesn’t seem trustworthy at all and measuring its reliability would be impossible to do. But that’s how ignorance can affect progress especially in the way economic growth chooses to evolve itself as.
There are many ways to properly determine whether an e-commerce website can be relied on or not. One can simply try reading reviews about popular e-commerce sites and base his or her decisions there. But that can be very subjective and also be inaccurate. Some websites just experience bad luck and like it or not, human error cannot be completely disregarded as a factor for certain shortcomings. And if that very person who happens to experience that one in a million strike of bad luck decides to write blog over the thousands who were satisfied, then the odds become in the favor of e-commerce selling looking like a complete fraud.
Most people count on word of mouth though. Experiences from friends or constituents make or break certain decisions that should be made separately. If you like a site based on personal experience but hear from a friend a bad review, chances are you immediately change your mind about giving it a try and instead allow yourself to be swayed by other people’s opinions. What if your friend was just unable to process its order correctly affecting the type of service she received from what she expected? And it just so happens that the site you liked all on your own was one of the few sites that actually offered the best deals?
But the most trustworthy way of finding out if an e-commerce site has been tried and tested or is secure enough to give out personal information to is through seals of approval and registration. Some websites go through all the trouble of getting registered under the Department of Trade and Industry or DTI. But remember that it’s not enough that you see the seal and the reference number. If you’re too scared to risk it, take your time and do some cross-referencing to see if the information they deem as theirs are really true. Also, there are agencies that assess website securities. These agencies test the protocols, services and programs websites use to keep personal information intact within the company.
A foreign online venture company for example owns Lazada Philippines. Despite that company being Rocket Internet, a popular venture company recognized worldwide, it’s not enough to think or assume it’s safe. So to make its customers feel more protected, it went through a series of tests under the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard or PCI DSS. PCI DSS certified Lazada of successfully passing its Self Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) and PCI DSS Security Scan proving that the IT systems being used by the company are well protected from being hacked by outside sources. A seal of approval from PCI DSS assures customers of protection from fraud making it just as safe as buying over the counter.