1. If you think that you will be making a lot of online purchases down the road, consider obtaining a separate credit card to use just for these transactions. It is much easier to track all transactions when they are the only items listed with this card's transaction records. Additionally, you don't need to worry about your own funds being compromised, even temporarily, if you are a victim of fraud.
2. When you are creating any purchases on the web and you are required to make a user account, never utilize the same passwords that you use on other websites. Do not make use of e-mail or banking password to make a free account to buy shoes from a web retailer. If a person was able to check this out password, they might have access to not only your profile on the retailer's store.
3. If you frequently shop online, ensure your antimalware is always top-notch and up-to-date. Major shopping sites are frequently targeted by hackers and other shady types who make an effort to steal your personal identification or get into your accounts. Heed any warnings your security software offers you about sites and report suspicious activity to the webmaster of the shopping site.
4. Although it may look tedious, be sure you read the contract and terms before you purchase at a website. These documents have valuable information about what you can and cannot do when you have a concern with the item that you bought. Read them thoroughly to ensure that you do not have an unwelcome surprise when trying to return items.
5. When you are searching for a location to buy an item and no results appear to be from familiar retailers, you should be hesitant about entering your details. Look for security signs from Verisign or Cybertrust, so you know the retailer is not in the market to take your money.