1. Be careful where you submit your bank card information. When you find yourself shopping online, always employ secure sites. These are sites that have taken steps to protect your valuable information. A secured website will begin with HTTPS rather than the standard HTTP. There may also be a locked icon, in a choice of your address or status bar, depending on which browser you use.
2. Be sure that you're entering your payment details on a safe and secure site. Search for "https://" within the URL from the site that you're seeking to buy something from. If you don't see that or no sign of any website security, then it's probably a wise idea not to trust those people along with your account information.
3. Be mindful which sites you patronize. It is difficult to find out which are in the up and up and which can be not, but there are a few clues. If the address does not make sense or the design seems off, go to a different site. Additionally, if a bunch of pop-up windows begin appearing, close them out and move on.
4. Pay close attention for potential sales online starting as early as Wednesday. Many brick and mortar stores do sales on the weekends, and to compete, many online stores have moved their sales days up by a couple of days. You can often find exceptional mid-week bargains with just a little online research.
5. Be careful in regards to the online stores that you consider buying from. If the online store is poorly designed, filled with misspellings, and overall fishy, you should take your money elsewhere. These are signs that something might not be right about this store. It's safer to be safe than sorry.