1. If you're making an online purchase, don't hesitate to contact customer support if you have a matter. By contacting customer service before making your order, you'll find out how helpful customer care is and exactly how quickly they respond. This can be useful information to have in the event that something goes wrong after you've made your purchase.
2. While shopping online, make sure the site you are on starts with "https". The "S" means that the site is secure, which entails that you can safely enter your personal information without having to be worried about identity theft. If a site does not have the "S" in it, you might like to avoid using it.
3. A great way to stay safe when you shop online is to avoid clicking any web addresses that are sent into your email. If you are expecting an email from a company, visit the actual website and do not click any links. Legitimate businesses do not send emails asking for personal information or account information.
4. Learn the online store's return policy. If you are considering creating a purchase on an item that you may want to return, be sure you find out if returning the item is an option. Sometimes when you shop online, items are unable to be returned and you may not want to be saddled with an unwanted item.
5. To guard yourself use a credit card while shopping 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The amount the customer is responsible for is a mere $50.00 as compared to debit cards where the entire balance can be withdrawn by internet hackers.