Online shopping is a necessity in many households, but typing card details into a website could be a thing of the past with a new gadget.
Firebox has launched the SmartSwipe - a USB device that encrypts credit or debit card details before entering them into the secure server of the chosen seller.
The manufacturer says: "Thanks to SmartSwipe your personal information in protected before it even enters your computer, so it's no longer vulnerable to online attack."
Specially-designed software means the gizmo can be used with almost any internet retailer that accepts card payments, saving time as well as guarding against phishing or other types of identity theft.
However, consumers using Macs might have to wait a little longer to get their hands on the item as it is currently not compatible with this hardware. But Mastercard, American Express, Visa and Visa debit cardholders can take advantage.
No one is immune to fraud as Ben Stiller and David Duchovny discovered recently.
Adedamola Olatunji used the stars' details to buy music from iTunes and register for an online dating service. He contacted the relevant banks and had new cards sent to an address in Chicago.
Author: Paul Burn