Although credit card fraud is certainly on the rise — and credit card fraud on the Internet is rising even more dramatically — many savvy Internet shoppers know that the reality is that it’s actually much safer to enter your credit card number on a secure online order form than it is to give your credit card to a waiter at a restaurant.

After all, what’s to stop the waiter from writing down your credit card number and placing orders on the phone with it later?

And research shows that the rate of fraudulent purchases made by cell phones is much higher than credit card fraud on the Net.

Nevertheless, we encourage you to take precautions when giving out any confidential information (including your credit card number) over the Internet, over the phone… or anywhere else for that matter!