1. If you are going to get doing some shopping online, make sure you understand the liability for each credit card you use online. Many credit cards have automatic fraud prevention built-in while others offer it for a minimal fee. You do not want to get stuck with purchases made on the card when the number is stolen.
2. Before going shopping at any online retailer, do a quick search for promotional codes. Many of the big retailers often have promotions running which are not advertised on their own home page. Doing a quick look for these codes will allow you to insert the code at checkout to save money.
3. If you feel that you will be making a lot of online purchases down the road, consider trying to get a separate credit card to use only for these transactions. It is easier to track all transactions if they are the only items listed with this card's transaction records. Additionally, you don't need to worry regarding your own funds being compromised, even temporarily, if you are a victim of fraud.
4. Prior to making a purchase, compare costs on several websites. Look for special coupons and offers on these websites to make sure you are getting the best deal possible. Also look into what it will cost for that shipping on your items and when there are free freight options accessible to you.
5. Sign-up for any identity fraud protection your credit card company offers, particularly 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.