Business conducted without the exchange of paper based documents through the use of electronic and/or online devices. It includes activities such as procurement, order entry, transaction processing, payment, authentication and nonrepudiation, inventory control, order fulfillment, and customer support. The general public participates in ecommerce, almost unknowingly these days. Ecommerce devices include computers, telephones, fax machines, barcode readers, credit cards, automated teller machines (ATM) or other electronic appliances, whether or not using the internet.

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