1. Be sure that you're entering your payment details on a good site. Try to find "https://" inside the URL from the site that you're attempting to buy something from. If you don't see that or no indication of any website security, then it's probably a good idea not to trust those people with your account information.
2. While shopping online, make sure that the online store offers secure checkout. This helps protect your 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 means hyper transfer protocol secure.
3. If you think that you will be making a lot of online purchases down the road, consider trying to get a separate bank card to use only for these transactions. It is much easier to track all transactions when they are the only items listed on this card's transaction records. Additionally, you don't need to worry regarding your own funds being compromised, even temporarily, if you are a victim of fraud.
4. Never give out your Social Security number to an online merchant. This number is not required for placing orders online. Giving an online store your Social Security number can help them use your personal and private information to steal your identity. To prevent that, if you continue an online store site and discover that being a requirement, usually do not buy anything from them and shop elsewhere.
5. Be careful when it comes to the online stores that you consider buying from. If the online store is poorly designed, full of misspellings, and overall fishy, you should take your money elsewhere. These are signs that something might not be right about this store. It's safer to be safe than sorry.