Nº 9044 - Vasco Cardoso
Nº 10482 – Márcio Loureiro
Nº 10483 – Márcio Malheiro
Nº 10485 – Miguel Duque
What is the Internet? 4
What is E-Commerce? 7
Brief History of E-Commerce 8
Factors that lead the market to join the E-Commerce 8
Factors for successful E-Commerce 9
Factors hindering the growth ofE-Commerce 10
Security in E-Commerce 11
How to buy something online? 12
How to pay for something online? 13
Debit Card 14
Credit Card 15
Gift Certificate 15
Paypal Account 16
Money Order 17
Web Certificate 17
The rapid advance of Human technology brought many possibilities to the common person; machines such as mobile phones orcomputers were unthinkable a few decades ago; nowadays they are present in basically every home in First World Countries.
These new technologies allow for an incredibly large range of tasks to be fulfilled. A computer can allow for someone to write a report or an essay, to play games or read books, to draw or listen to music, and with an access to the Internet, to communicate to people all over theworld.
These communications can be just as encompassing as they are in the real word. Through the internet you can talk to a friend or to a family member, you can meet new persons and you can even conduct businesses; one of the businesses possible though the internet is the buying or selling of things, also known as E-Commerce.
What is the Internet?
The Internet is a worldwide collectionof computer networks, cooperating with each other to exchange data using a common software standard. Through telephone wires and satellite links, Internet users can share information in a variety of forms. The size, scope and design of the Internet allows users to:
* Connect easily through ordinary personal computers and local phone numbers;
* Exchange electronic mail (E-mail) with friendsand colleagues with accounts on the Internet;
* Post information for others to access, and update it frequently;
* Access multimedia information that includes sound, photographic images and even video;
* Access diverse perspectives from around the world.
* Buy things.
* And many things more…
An additional attribute of the Internet is that it lacks a central authority—in otherwords; there is no "Internet, Inc." that controls the Internet. Beyond the various governing boards that work to establish policies and standards, the Internet is bound by few rules and answers to no single organization.
The Internet is named for "interconnection of computer networks". It is a massive hardware combination of millions of personal, business, and governmental computers, allconnected like roads and highways.
Many people think that the Internet is a recent innovation, when in fact the essence of it has been around for over a quarter century. The Internet began as ARPAnet, a U.S. Department of Defense project to create a nationwide computer network that would continue to function even if a large portion of it were destroyed in a nuclear war or natural disaster.
MainInternet Cables- Worldwide
During the next two decades, the network that evolved was used primarily by academic institutions, scientists and the government for research and communications. The appeal of the Internet to these bodies was obvious, as it allowed disparate institutions to connect to each other’s' computing systems and databases, as well as share data via E-mail.
The nature of theInternet changed abruptly in 1992, when the U.S. government began pulling out of network management, and commercial entities offered Internet access to the general public for the first time. This change in focus marked the beginning of the Internet's astonishing expansion.
According to a survey conducted by CommerceNet and Nielsen Media Research in early 1997, nearly one out of every four Americans...