1. When you're shopping online you have to be sure you know who you're buying from. If you're buying with an online auction site, only order from people that have positive feedback. On other sites look to see if they are a reputable company by looking for reviews upon them online.
2. When searching for a product online, take the time to read reviews. Try finding the same product on different sites to read as much reviews as is possible. Reading many reviews will help you get a more general concept of whether or not the item you are interested in meets high standards of quality.
3. If you frequently shop online, ensure your antimalware is always high quality and updated. Major shopping sites are often targeted by hackers as well as other shady types who try to steal your personal identification or get into your accounts. Heed any warnings your security software gives you about sites and report suspicious activity to the webmaster of the shopping site.
4. If a website is not secure, do not buy something. Simply check out at the web address when you are shopping. If you notice an "https" rather than an "http," you can feel confident enough to insert your credit card information. However, if there is no "s" within the address, start working on a different site to be around the safe side.
5. Sign up for the website's newsletter if they have one. Many times stores will give you a reduction or some type of deal once you sign up for their newsletter. Determine if there is a deal associated with subscribing to the newsletter at any store you would like to shop at.