1. Be careful where you submit your charge card information. When you find yourself shopping online, only use secure sites. These are sites that have taken steps to protect your valuable information. A secured website will begin with HTTPS rather than the standard HTTP. There will also be a locked icon, in both your address or status bar, based on which browser you use.
2. When shopping online, you have to be extra careful if you are using your cellphone to buy online. Employing a public Wi-Fi can leave your personal at risk of hackers. Try to only use your secured network when shopping online using a cellphone and never use a public Wi-Fi hot spot to shop.
3. Sign up for the website's newsletter if they have one. Many times stores will give you a discount or some kind of deal when you sign up for their newsletter. Find out if there is a deal associated with signing up for the newsletter at any store you want to shop at.
4. If you are looking at purchasing from the seller for the first time, take a moment to carefully examine their past customer reviews. Typically this will give you an approximate idea of what type of goods and services you should expect yourself. Anyone who has been rated lowly time and time again needs to be given a large swerve.
5. Be careful which sites you patronize. It is difficult to know which are around the up and up and which are not, but there are a few clues. If the address does not make sense or the design seems off, go to a different site. In addition, if a lot of pop-up windows begin appearing, close them out and move on.