1. Should you be shopping online, never give out your Social Security number. There is not any website that really needs this number for you to make a purchase. If you are being asked for your Social Security number during checkout, you may be on a scam website. Leave this site and locate one that has a better reputation.
2. Online shopping is a great way to find items that are out of stock at your local store. As an example, if you are unable to find a certain size of jeans at the store in your area, you can look on the store's website and find out if they are available to be shipped to you.
3. Sign up for the website's newsletter if they have one. Many times stores will give you a reduction or some form of deal whenever you sign up for their newsletter. Determine whether there is a deal associated with subscribing to the newsletter at any store you want to shop at.
4. While shopping online, be sure that the online store offers secure checkout. This will help protect your own personal information from being stolen. To ensure the site is encrypted check out into your web browser's URL box. The site is secured if the website starts with https. This is short for hyper transfer protocol secure.
5. If a website is not secure, do not buy something. Simply search for at the web address when you are shopping. If you notice an "https" instead of an "http," you can feel confident enough to insert your charge card information. However, if there is no "s" inside the address, proceed to a different site to be on the safe side.