1. If you are shopping online, never give out your Social Security number. There is absolutely no website that really needs this number for you to make a purchase. If you are being asked for your Social Security number during checkout, you are probably on a scam website. Leave this site and locate one that has a better reputation.
2. When you are online shopping, make sure that you are just shopping on secure websites. Look in the website URL plus it should display "https" instead of the usual "http" at the beginning. Always have an up-to-date copy of anti-virus running on your computer as well. This will make sure that you have a safe online shopping experience.
3. When you are shopping online, you should only shop at reputable stores. If the store does not have a good reputation, you may be asking for trouble. Some people have had their credit card and personal information stolen from shopping on less than reputable websites. Be careful and protect your private information.
4. Find out more about the payment methods provided by the online store you are interested in. Most stores provide you with the option to pay with a charge card or with PayPal. Credit cards is a safe option only when the store features a secure server. If you do not see any details about safety, it is best to go through a different store.
5. A great way to stay safe while 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, visit the actual website and do not click any links. Legitimate businesses do not send emails requesting personal information or account information.