1. While shopping online, you should be extra careful if you are using your cellphone to purchase online. Utilizing a public Wi-Fi can leave your personal susceptible to hackers. Attempt to only use your secured network when shopping online using a cellphone and never utilize a public Wi-Fi hot spot to shop.
2. Get familiar with the shipping facts of an online retailer. Their shipping policy should be outlined in a separate section to explain the average time you should get your items, geographic restrictions, shipping choices, possible shipping insurance, and what their shipping and handling fees are. Use all of this information to determine if these costs and options fit well for you personally, your budget, as well as your area prior to placing an order.
3. If you feel that you will be making a lot of online purchases down the road, consider obtaining a separate credit card to use just for these transactions. It is easier to track all transactions when they are the only items listed on this card's transaction records. Additionally, you don't need to worry about your own funds being compromised, even temporarily, if you are a victim of fraud.
4. Ensure that you're entering your payment details on a safe and secure site. Search for "https://" in the URL of the site that you're seeking to buy something from. If you don't see that or no sign of any website security, then it's probably a good idea not to trust those people along with your account information.
5. Pay close attention for potential sales online starting as soon as 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 few days. You can often find exceptional mid-week bargains with just a little online research.