1. Read customer testimonials before you buy anything. People are more than happy to complain about bad service online, so try to find sites and testimonials which are terrible so you know what you're getting into. You should take bad reviews using a grain of salt, but if you see many, you know you will find a problem.
2. When you are creating any purchases on the internet and you are required to make a user account, never make use of the same passwords that you use on other websites. Do not use your e-mail or banking password to make an account to buy shoes from a web retailer. If a person was able to check this out password, they could have access to more than just your profile on the retailer's store.
3. When shopping online, it is critical that you spend a little time considering the site that you are currently considering buying from. You can find information about the web page from other sites and the Better Business Bureau. Not researching them could lead to you getting the products you did not order or getting billed more than you should have.
4. Make it a habit to register for price alerts. This goes even for purchases that you've recently made. Price alerts will let you know when a product has dropped to a price you want. And if you've recently purchased at full price, you can ask for a price adjustment to satisfy the new deal.
5. Sign-up for any id 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.