E-commerce or electronic commerce or EC is commerce or commercial activity conducted electronically via the internet. To elaborate, it is the buying and selling of goods and services, or the transactions of funds or data, through an electronic network, which is mostly online. When we say online, it is through the internet. These business transactions can happen in multiple ways viz, business-to-business (B2B), business-to-consumer (B2C), consumer-to-consumer (C2C), consumer-to-business (C2B), business-to-administration (B2A) or consumer-to-administration (C2A). The most common among these six types of e-commerce is business to consumer.
There are broadly three areas of e-commerce. They are online retail, electronic markets and online auctions. E-commerce uses varied technologies such as mobile commerce, electronic funds transfer, supply chain management, internet marketing, automated data collection systems and so on.
E-commerce has been growing exponentially over the years and this is the scenario in more countries than one can perhaps count. Whether it is for purchasing and delivering flowers or for streaming media, e-commerce is poised to stay. Hence, it is not surprising that security is a major issue and is cause for concern in many parts of the world.
Proper security protects us from breaches like unauthorized access and use of websites. There are many threats in the form of phishing, malware, unwanted programmes like spyware, and hacking. Hence e-commerce websites effectively use various tools to thwart security threats. These tools include encryption software, firewalls and passwords. Digital certificates can be used too. You can breathe easy with dream2digital though, because we take care of this, and more.