1. Be cautious which sites you patronize. It is difficult to find out which are on the up and up and that are not, but there are a few clues. If the address does not make sense or the design seems off, go to a different site. In addition, if a lot of pop-up windows begin appearing, close them out and move on.
2. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect one to a page after you've submitted a purchase detailing anything that was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a duplicate of this or save a duplicate to your computer in case any issues arise before the end of the return period. Ensure that you save any emails about your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.
3. To help protect your credit, use only one credit card for online purchases. This will help you quickly track your spending habits when the credit card statement is available in the mail. If you notice any charges which you did not make, call the credit card company immediately and report it to them.
4. Shop around when you shop online. You will probably find that prices for certain items can vary greatly from one store to another. To be sure you get the best deal, look at a few different stores to find out their prices, as well as shipping charge. This will allow you to get the very best deal it is possible to.
5. When you are shopping on the web, make sure that you are merely shopping on secure websites. Look in the site URL plus it should display "https" instead of the usual "http" at the beginning. Usually 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.