1. If a website is not secure, do not make a purchase. Simply look up at the website address when you are shopping. If you notice an "https" instead of an "http," you can feel confident enough to insert your credit card information. However, if there is no "s" within the address, proceed to a different site to be on the safe side.
2. Be mindful where you submit your charge card information. When you are shopping online, always employ secure sites. These are sites that have taken steps to guard your valuable information. A secured website will begin with HTTPS rather than the standard HTTP. There will also be a locked icon, either in your address or status bar, based on which browser you use.
3. Be wary of any emails you obtain, even if they appear to be from a retailer you trust. Never click on a hyperlink that directs you to a website other than the one you shopped on. Should you do, you may become vulnerable to a scam. Rather than simply clicking on an email hyperlink, just go up to your browser and enter in the web site you need to go to. It is much safer that way.
4. If you are planning to be shopping on the web, make sure that you do it from a computer connection you understand is secure, like the one that you have at home. Hackers try to find WI-Fi connections in public places if they are scouting for victims, so avoid shopping when using them.
5. Never give out your Social Security number for 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 private information to steal your identity. To prevent that, if you continue an online store site and discover that as a requirement, do not buy everything from them and shop elsewhere.