1. To safeguard yourself use a credit card while shopping online. The federal government has passed laws to protect consumers in the event of fraud. The amount the customer is responsible for is a mere $50.00 as compared to debit cards where the entire balance can be withdrawn by internet hackers.
2. Discover more about the payment methods available from the online store you are interested in. Most stores supply you with the option to pay with credit cards 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 advisable to go through another store.
3. Never give out your Social Security number with an online merchant. This number is not required for placing orders online. Giving an online store your Social Security number can help them use your personal and personal data to steal your identity. To prevent that, if you go on an online store site and see that being a requirement, tend not to buy anything from them and shop someplace else.
4. Once you enjoy the ease of frequent online shopping, it's essential to keep changing the passwords you use for every account. Every few weeks approximately, make up a whole new password for the bank and the shopping sites directly. Use abstract words, combined with numbers and other odd characters for that strongest passwords.
5. If you're making an online purchase, don't hesitate to contact customer support if you have an issue. By contacting customer service prior to making your order, you'll find out how helpful customer care is and exactly how quickly they respond. This is useful information to have when something goes wrong after you've made your purchase.