1. Before you start your web shopping, be sure that you've got up-to-date antivirus software. Internet shopping is a hotbed for suspect websites. Many people build stores with the goal to infect your computer with malware. It's best that you take precautions prior to visiting any stores, no matter how reputable you feel these are.
2. When a company has a newsletter, sign-up. Often, companies will give sneak peeks, deals and coupon codes to people on their own mailing list. However, be careful. You don't want to sign up for every company's newsletter or you'll soon be buried under endless emails. Only subscribe to a company's newsletter if you really like their products and would use a discount code.
3. When you are making any purchases on the internet and you are required to create a user account, never use the same passwords that you use on other websites. Do not make use of e-mail or banking password to make an account to buy shoes from a web retailer. If somebody was able to see this password, they might have access to not only your profile on the retailer's store.
4. Do not spend too much cash on shipping. Shipping charges can definitely add up. Many sites offer free shipping, free shipping once you spend a certain amount, or use a coupon code that allows you to get free delivery. Instead of paying your hard earned cash on shipping, look for a store that ships for free.
5. Be careful where you submit your charge card information. If you are shopping online, always use secure sites. These are sites that have taken steps to safeguard your valuable information. A secured website will begin with HTTPS instead of the standard HTTP. There can also be a locked icon, in a choice of your address or status bar, depending on which browser you use.