1. Be cautious which sites you patronize. It is difficult to know which are in the up or higher 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. Furthermore, if a lot of pop-up windows begin appearing, close them out and move on.
2. When you shop online, make sure the site you might be on starts off with "https". The "S" signifies that the site is secure, which entails that one could safely enter your personal information without having to be worried about identity theft. If a site lacks the "S" in it, you might want to avoid using it.
3. Make it a habit to register for price alerts. This goes even for purchases that you've recently made. Price alerts will let you know when a product has dropped to a price you like. And when you've recently purchased at full price, you can request a price adjustment to meet the newest deal.
4. Learn more about the payment methods provided by the online store you are interested in. Most stores give you the option to pay with a charge card or with PayPal. Credit cards is a safe option only if the store has a secure server. If you do not see any information about safety, it is advisable to go through an alternative store.
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 everything that was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a copy of this or save a copy to your computer in case any issues arise before the end of the return period. Make sure to save any emails regarding your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.