1. Before shopping from a store that is unfamiliar with you, discover what the store's reputation is similar to. You can usually do an online search and find out what others think of the business. It is best to do that so you may not find out the hard way and lose your cash.
2. While shopping online, use a credit card as opposed to a debit card. This is because credit cards are based on your credit, not the amount of money inside your bank account. If a internet hacker gets your banking information, they can completely ruin you within a matter of hours.
3. If a website is not secure, do not make a purchase. Simply look up at the web 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" within the address, proceed to a different site to be around the safe side.
4. Be sure that when you buy something online, you are aware of if the site is secure or not. You do not want your information being compromised in this day and age. Identity theft is quite common, and also you must protect your information whatsoever cost so you wish to keep making purchases online.
5. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect one to a page after you've submitted your order detailing exactly what was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a duplicate of this or save a copy to your computer in case any issues arise before the end of the return period. Be sure to save any emails regarding your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.