1. Find out more about the payment methods provided by the online store you are interested in. Most stores give you the option to pay with credit cards or with PayPal. A credit card is a safe option only if the store has a secure server. If you do not see any information about safety, it is advisable to go through an alternative store.
2. Never give out your Social Security number to an online merchant. This number is not required for placing orders online. Giving an online store your Social Security number can help them use your personal and personal data to steal your identity. To prevent that, if you go on an online store site and find out that as being a requirement, do not buy anything from them and shop somewhere else.
3. If you're purchasing clothes or shoes online, be careful with all the sizing. Some items typically run smaller or greater than normal. Some shopping sites will advertise if an item runs true to size. If the site doesn't list anything about sizing, glance at the reviews. In most cases, if the item is running larger or smaller, the reviewers will let you know.
4. Be careful where you submit your bank card information. When 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 rather than the standard HTTP. There can also be a locked icon, either in your address or status bar, according to which browser you use.
5. Be mindful which sites you patronize. It is difficult to find out which are in the up and up and which can be not, but there are a few clues. If the address does not sound right or the design seems off, go to a different site. Furthermore, if a lot of pop-up windows begin appearing, close them out and move on.