1. If you frequently shop online, make sure your antimalware is always top-notch and updated. Major shopping sites are usually targeted by hackers and other shady types who make an effort to steal your personal identification or get into your accounts. Heed any warnings your security software gives you about sites and report suspicious activity to the webmaster of the shopping site.
2. If you have questions while shopping, search for a live chat function in the online store. Many big brands (and even some boutique stores) now have this functionality. It is possible to chat immediately with a customer service representative to repair any issues or answer any questions before you purchase. That can provide you with a lot of peace of mind.
3. If you are planning to be shopping online, make sure that you practice it from a computer connection you know is secure, like one that you have in your own home. Hackers try to find WI-Fi connections in public places if they are scouting for victims, so avoid shopping when using them.
4. Sign-up for any id theft protection your credit card company offers, specifically if you shop online often. No matter how safe you are or how diligently you believe you are able to protect your data, it's never one hundred percent guaranteed. Take full advantage of automatic ID protection and know you will have back-up, should the worst occur.
5. When shopping online, most places only accept debit or credit cards. Keep this in mind when you are choosing a site to purchase from. In the event you don't feel at ease providing the company with your bank card information, look for another site. Try to find a site that offers a good page when you're adding your charge card information.