thanks for your reply, you make many good points.
I'm wary of buying things on the internet but I do have Ebay, Paypal & Amazon.com accounts and I have brought from smaller businesses too (pet supplies, orchid supplies, computer parts etc). I would have thought the bigger companies say Paypal would be safe but when looking up the ETIHAD Emirates airline ticket issue I came across someone who I think had only used their card for Paypal.
It seems you can't really have trust or faith that even if a company has the best of intentions that they will be able to keep your information safe and protect you from fraud occuring as a result of doing business with them?
I'm using FireFox 3.05 but I did check out the site with Internet Explorer [6. something] while there was an invalid thwate image to the pages leading up to it, the actual page where you enter the credit card details has neither an invalid/valid thwate certificate or a gold lock security icon at all!
I have a vague unsettling feeling that the first time I did sign up with Quickflix I neglected to check the security of the site/page at that time - from now on though I will check it. What worries me is if it's possible someone could hack into the Quickflix user database & stored credit card number details then is that even if I call them to give them my details they will probably be putting those details back onto the same database?!
If I do give them my details again over the phone and it happens again than possibly it is Quickflix. They actually state:
Your credit card information is safe. We use SSL encryption technology to secure our commerce transactions.
and they mention that you should change your password often for security.
I try to keep my computer safe- scanning downloads, ZoneAlarm, AVG for scans, Spybot Search & Destroy, Malware Bytes, Ad-Aware, Hijack This & Mailwasher to eliminate virus/spams- I only fax credit card details or use Paypal, bank deposit or the phone if secure credit card facilities aren't available.
What about the newer cards that can be used like credit cards but are actually used for savings/normal accounts- if some thing happens there I wonder how likely it is that those people can get a refund when it is their own money and not the banks?
I will definitely be paying more attention if I ever use my card again online.