1. To help protect your credit, use only one credit card for online purchases. This will help you quickly track your spending habits when the credit card statement comes in the mail. If you notice any charges which you did not make, call the credit card company immediately and report it to them.
2. When shopping for a certain item, check several different online stores. Many times with a little searching, it can save you as much as 25 percent. Look at many different websites to make sure you are getting the best offer. When figuring each website's price, be sure you include shipping costs into your calculations.
3. If you frequently shop online, ensure your antimalware is always top-notch and up-to-date. Major shopping sites are usually targeted by hackers and other shady types who attempt to steal your individual identification or get into your accounts. Heed any warnings your security software gives you about sites and report suspicious activity to the webmaster of the shopping site.
4. When you are online shopping, make sure that you are only shopping on secure websites. Look in the site URL plus it should display "https" rather than the usual "http" at the beginning. Always have an up to date copy of anti-virus running on your computer too. This will ensure that you have a safe online shopping experience.
5. Look for the right times to shop online. Often the stores that you frequent will have online sales that follow a time pattern. Many, for instance, schedule sales for the beginning of the month or at the end. If you notice there's a pattern, hold off on buying anything until the upcoming sales period begins.