1. Be wary of the emails you get, even if they appear to be coming from a retailer you trust. Never click on a hyperlink that directs you to a website other than the one you shopped on. If 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 really is much safer that way.
2. Make it a habit to register for price alerts. This goes even for purchases that you've recently made. Price alerts will let you know when a product has dropped to a price you like. And if you've recently purchased at full price, you can ask for a price adjustment to meet the new deal.
3. Before you start your online shopping, be sure that you've got up-to-date antivirus software. Shopping online is a hotbed for suspect websites. Some individuals build stores with the goal to infect your computer with malware. It's best that you take precautions prior to visiting any stores, no matter how reputable you feel they may be.
4. If you are going to be shopping on the web, make sure that you get it done from a computer connection you already know is secure, like the one that you have in your own home. Hackers look for WI-Fi connections in public places when they are scouting for victims, so avoid shopping when using them.
5. When you are shopping online, make sure that you are merely shopping on secure websites. Look in the site URL plus it should display "https" as opposed to the usual "http" at the beginning. Usually have an updated copy of anti-virus running on your computer also. This will make sure that you have a safe online shopping experience.