1. If a website is not secure, do not make a purchase. Simply look up at the website address when you are shopping. If you notice an "https" instead of an "http," you can feel confident enough to insert your bank card information. However, if there is no "s" inside the address, move on to a different site to be around the safe side.
2. Should you shop frequently at a certain website or online store, it might be worth it to enroll in their email updates which often have special deals and sales. This can lead to savings for you as you may get a discount around the item or perhaps free shipping, which may add up to bigger savings if you purchase from the site often.
3. Be careful where you submit your bank card information. If you are shopping online, only use secure sites. These are sites that have taken steps to guard your valuable information. A secured website will begin with HTTPS as opposed to the standard HTTP. There will also be a locked icon, either in your address or status bar, based on which browser you use.
4. Be wary of the emails you receive, even if they appear to be coming from a retailer you trust. Never click on a web link that directs you to a web site other than the one you shopped on. Should you do, you may become vulnerable to a scam. Rather than simply clicking on an email hyperlink, just go as much as your browser and enter the web site you need to go to. It really is much safer that way.
5. If you feel you will be making a lot of online purchases down the road, consider applying for a separate charge card to use only for these transactions. It is easier to track all transactions if they are the only items listed with this card's transaction records. Additionally, you don't need to worry about your own funds being compromised, even temporarily, if you are a victim of fraud.