1. 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 anything that was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a copy of this or save a duplicate to your computer in case any issues arise before the end of the return period. Ensure that you save any emails about your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.
2. While shopping online, ensure that the online store offers secure checkout. This will help protect your own personal information from being stolen. To ensure the website is encrypted search for into your web browser's URL box. The website is secured if the website starts with https. This stands for hyper transfer protocol secure.
3. When you are making a purchase online, make certain you use a credit card to pay for the transaction. Bank card users are protected against fraud by federal law and therefore are only responsible for $50 in these cases. Some card agencies will even go so far as to wave the $50 for you, meaning that you will not be out of pocket.
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 credit card or with PayPal. A charge card is a safe option only when the store features a secure server. If you do not see any details about safety, it is recommended to go through a different store.
5. Do not forget to comparison shop when you are looking for things online. People usually do this when shopping in physical stores, but they don't think about it on the net. If you choose the first sale you see, there is a chance you may miss out on a better deal somewhere else.