1. Discover more about the payment methods provided by the online store you are interested in. Most stores give you the option to pay with a credit card or with PayPal. Credit cards is a safe option only if the store features a secure server. If you do not see any information about safety, it is recommended to go through an alternative store.
2. If you feel that you will be making a lot of online purchases in the future, consider applying for a separate credit card to use just 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 regarding your own funds being compromised, even temporarily, if you are a victim of fraud.
3. Learn the online store's return policy. In case you are considering building a purchase on an item that you might want to return, make sure to find out if returning the item is definitely an option. Sometimes when you shop online, items are unable to be returned and you may not want to be saddled with an unwanted item.
4. A great way to stay safe when shopping online is to avoid clicking any web addresses that are sent into your email. If you are expecting an email coming from a company, go to the actual website and do not click any links. Legitimate businesses do not send emails requesting personal information or account information.
5. Pay close attention for potential sales online starting around Wednesday. Many brick and mortar stores do sales on the weekends, and to compete, many online retailers 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.