1. To protect yourself use a credit card when shopping online. The 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amount the customer is responsible for is a mere $50.00 as compared to debit cards where the entire balance could be withdrawn by internet hackers.
2. 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 information to steal your identity. To prevent that, if you carry on an online store site and find out that being a requirement, do not buy anything from them and shop elsewhere.
3. Always remember your finances and credit limits when shopping online. The virtual world of online shopping has become a lot of people in serious debt. You need to take a look at online shopping in a similar manner you look at offline shopping. Never buy items online that you don't have the cash to pay for.
4. Online shopping is a great way to find items that are out of stock at your local store. For example, if you are unable to find a certain size of jeans at the store close to you, you can look on the store's website and discover if they are offered to be shipped to you.
5. Be mindful which sites you patronize. It is difficult to know which are in the up and up and that are not, but there are a few clues. If the address does not seem sensible or the design seems off, go to a different site. Additionally, if a bunch of pop-up windows begin appearing, close them out and move on.