Thursday, August 22, 2013

8 out of 10 Malaysian Internet users shop online

That's according to Trend Micro, a Malaysia-based Internet content developer of security and threat management solutions.

So, that makes me an odd species among the many Internet users in Malaysia as I don't really shop online. Okay, I make online rewards points redemption on my credit card, but that's about it. I don't shop online, not for foods, not for gadgets, not just yet.

Besides, I can drive to the city center in 15 minutes if I need to. But of course, things could change - if not soon, later.

Are you an online shopper?

Read what Trend Micro found out, and be warned of the risk involved:

Recent online survey shows that eight out of 10 Malaysian Internet users now shop online, an increase that reflects a global and regional increase in online commerce.

Global online retails sales passed US$1 trillion last year and are expected to grow by 17.1% this year, according to eMarketer, with the Asia Pacific region accounting for more than a third of the sales.

The company cited market research firm Nielsen's expectations that Malaysia's online shopping market would increase to RM5 billion (US$1.52 billion) by 2015.

The rapid growth of online shopping worldwide together with the immense increase of money changing hands in the cyberspace, especially after the reduction of the of the Online Interbank GIRO (IBG) to 10 sen, will attract more cyber criminals to target online shoppers.

Risks for online shoppers:

"The main risks for online shoppers lie in replying to unsolicited emails spoofed to appear to originate from reputable retailers. Clicking through the links in these could lead unsuspecting users to a phishing site designed to steal their credit card credentials."
- Goh Chee Hoh, Managing Director, SEA Region, Trend Micro Inc

TheGreenMechanics: So, at a dinner table of ten Internet savvies, two of us would be at odds with the rest of the people. Wow, that's a bit stressing, LOL.

Source: Computerworld Malaysia


rainfield61 said...

But we pay our bills online.

And a lot more.

We are not going not to use it.

Fay Jesselton said...

It's good to see that getting more and more things can be paid online. Jab Air, SESB, Cukai DBKK etc etc.. but sosco, ASB and EPF still have to pay at the counter :(

Online user said...

Apa salahnya membuat transaksi secara online? Ada kemudahan pakai sajalah.
Saya kira pengguna internet yang enggan membuat transaksi online agak ketinggalan kebelakang.

de engineur said...

I'm using the internet services for online payment of bills, etc., but not purchases of merchandise.

Setuju, ia adalah kemudahan dan jual-beli dalam talian memudahkan urusan. Tapi mesti selalu beringat.

Asalkan anda mempunyai cukup kontingensi utk memastikan sekuriti talian anda terjamin, silakan membeli-belah.