1. A great way to stay safe when shopping online is to avoid clicking any web addresses that are sent into your email. If you are expecting an email coming from a company, go to the actual website and do not click any links. Legitimate businesses do not send emails asking for personal information or account information.
2. When shopping for a specific item, check several different online retailers. Many times with a little searching, you save as much as 25 %. Look at a number of websites to ensure that you are getting the best bargain. When figuring each website's price, make sure you include shipping costs into your calculations.
3. When you are online shopping, make sure that you are only shopping on secure websites. Look in the site URL and it also should display "https" as opposed to the usual "http" at the beginning. Always have an updated copy of anti-virus running on your computer too. This will make sure that you have a safe online shopping experience.
4. Read customer testimonials before you buy anything. People are more than happy to complain about bad service online, so look for sites and testimonials which are terrible so you are aware what you're getting into. You should take bad reviews using a grain of salt, but if you see many, you know there is a problem.
5. To protect yourself use a credit card when you shop online. The federal government has passed laws to protect consumers in the event of fraud. The amount the customer is responsible for is a mere $50.00 as compared to debit cards where the entire balance could be withdrawn by internet hackers.