1. Be mindful which sites you patronize. It is difficult to find out which are on the up or higher and which can be not, but there are a few clues. If the address does not sound right or the design seems off, go to a different site. In addition, if a lot of pop-up windows begin appearing, close them out and move on.
2. Be extra careful when you try to find shopping deals on social networking. Although it's a great way to get announcements regarding sales and coupon-codes, social media accounts can easily be impersonated or even out-right hacked. Get your information about the social networking sites, then proceed directly to the main site of the store mentioned to wheel and deal.
3. Sign up for the website's newsletter if they have one. Many times stores will give you a discount or some type of deal once you sign up for their newsletter. Find out if there is a deal associated with signing up for the newsletter at any store you want to shop at.
4. A great way to stay safe while shopping online is to avoid clicking any web addresses that are sent into your email. If you are expecting an email from a company, proceed to the actual website and do not click any links. Legitimate businesses do not send emails seeking personal information or account information.
5. If you feel you will be making a lot of online purchases later on, consider applying for a separate credit card to use simply for these transactions. It is easier to track all transactions when they are the only items listed about this card's transaction records. Additionally, you don't need to worry concerning your own funds being compromised, even temporarily, if you are a victim of fraud.