Is your tablet perfect for shopping? A lot of people would answer yes to that question. After all it is portable, web enabled and it gives you what you need without a lot of wait. So is it any wonder that people who want to make a purchase right away, are tending to look not to a netbook or their smart phone, but instead to their tablet. That means that the real question is, should you consider shopping on your tablet a personal information security disaster waiting to happen or a modern convenience?
The answer my question as it depends. A lot of it depends on where you do your shopping and how careful you are about your personal data. If you find yourself at home, or with your tablet connected to another network you have reason to believe is secure than there is no reason that shopping on your tablet should be any different than shopping on the desktop or laptop PC.
Shopping online shopping online always comes with some inherent risks, no matter what device you use, but most people deal with it in order to have the convenience. These risks can be mitigated with secure networks and shopping on trusted sites.
The problem comes in with the mobility of a tablet. People who sit down in the local Starbucks, in a secure open wireless network, and decided that now is a really good time to buy those jeans they been thinking about, are the ones who might have a problem. Anytime you’re working on an unsecured network you should not be giving out personal data. That includes your credit card information. All of the data that you will always need for an online transaction, so shopping on an unsecured network is not a good idea.
So is the mobility of the tablet actually a bad thing for shopping? Well, it can be depending on the level of caution and the intelligence of the end-user.
Of course there’s awfully convenient, and you didn’t even have to give up your game of Angry Birds to shop. As long as you’re smart about where you shop, and where you give out your information (read as never on an unknown or public network) you should be fine. And don’t assume just because you’re on the 3G or 4G wireless plan they are any safer than a secure network. Always make sure that your connection did not default to Wi-Fi when you entered a zone before entering your information.