1. If you are planning to be online shopping, make sure that you practice it from a computer connection you already know is secure, like the one which you have at home. Hackers look for WI-Fi connections in public places when they are scouting for victims, so avoid shopping when using them.
2. If you find a great product on your own favorite site, search for it in the search engines before you buy it. Make note of the model number or brand, and do a quick search to successfully can't get it cheaper from somewhere else. You might be able to save a few dollars like that.
3. When you are online shopping, make sure that you are merely shopping on secure websites. Look in the website URL and it should display "https" as opposed to the usual "http" at the beginning. Usually have an up-to-date copy of anti-virus running on your computer too. This will ensure that you have a safe online shopping experience.
4. Sign-up for any identity theft protection your credit card company offers, particularly if you shop online often. No matter how safe you are or how diligently you believe you are able to protect your data, 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. When you are searching for a place to buy an item and none of the results appear to be from familiar retailers, you should be hesitant about entering your data. Look for security signs from Verisign or Cybertrust, which means you know the retailer is not in the market to take your hard earned money.