I’ve never held with this idea that the internet is an unsafe place to use a credit card, because there’s always a danger of fraud whenver you make any transaction. There’s far more chance of a waiter swiping your card than a hacker intercepting a secure transaction with Amazon.
Now chip and PIN cards have been introduced to make credit cards appear more secure. But I’ve just been told a fraudster has been making cash withdrawals from my account (I still have my card). Previously I never had a PIN because I never made cash withdrawals, and I’ve never had unauthorised transactions on my card. The perception that this system is more secure hides the new opporunities for thieves who now have so many more opportunities to catch your PIN simply by looking over your shoulder at checkouts.