1. Before buying from a new online retailer, do your homework on them. Check online reviews from other customers to see how it handles items like customer service, shipping, and its overall buying experience. You can also look at the BBB to find out if it has any disputes and whether those disputes were resolved professionally. Try contacting the company via email and phone number, if it's posted to ask questions regarding its business before you buy anything.
2. When you are online shopping, make sure that you are only shopping on secure websites. Look in the web site URL and it should display "https" instead of the usual "http" at the beginning. Also have an up-to-date copy of anti-virus running on your computer also. This will ensure that you have a safe online shopping experience.
3. If you frequently shop online, ensure your antimalware is always top-notch and updated. Major shopping sites are usually targeted by hackers along with other shady types who attempt to steal your individual identification or get into your accounts. Heed any warnings your security software gives you about sites and report suspicious activity to the webmaster of the shopping site.
4. If you are intending to be shopping online, make sure that you get it done from a computer connection you already know is secure, like the one which you have in the home. Hackers try to find WI-Fi connections in public places when they are scouting for victims, so avoid shopping when using them.
5. If you have questions while shopping, search for a live chat function on the online store. Many big brands (and even some boutique stores) now have this functionality. You are able to chat immediately with a customer support representative to correct any issues or answer any questions before you purchase. That can give you a lot of satisfaction.