1. When you are searching for a location to buy a product and none of the results are most often from familiar retailers, you need to be hesitant about entering your information. Look for security signs from Verisign or Cybertrust, so you know the retailer is not out to take your cash.
2. If you like an online store, join their email distribution list. You will probably receive some coupons and information about deals inside your mailbox. Check these emails regularly to stay up to date with good deals and promotional offers. Most online stores often offer free shipping or discounts on certain products.
3. When you are shopping online, make sure that you are just shopping on secure websites. Look in the web site URL and it also should display "https" rather than the usual "http" at the beginning. Also have an up to date copy of anti-virus running on your computer as well. This will ensure that you have a safe online shopping experience.
4. Sign-up for any id theft protection your credit card company offers, especially if you shop online often. No matter how safe you are or how diligently you believe you are able to protect your information, it's never one hundred percent guaranteed. Take full advantage of automatic ID protection and know you will have back-up, should the worst occur.
5. To help protect your credit, use only one credit card for online purchases. This will help you quickly track your spending habits when the bank card statement is available in the mail. If you notice any charges that you did not make, call the credit card company immediately and report it to them.