1. When shopping online, most places only accept debit or credit cards. Keep this in mind when you are deciding on a site to look from. In the event you don't feel comfortable providing the company with your charge card information, try to find another site. Try to find a site that offers a secure page when you're adding your charge card information.
2. Be careful when it comes to the online stores that you consider buying from. If the web store is poorly designed, filled with misspellings, and overall fishy, you should take your money elsewhere. These are signs that something might not be right about this store. It's preferable to be safe than sorry.
3. Sign up for the website's newsletter if they have one. Many times stores will give you a reduction or some type of deal whenever you sign up for their newsletter. Determine whether there is a deal associated with registering for the newsletter at any store you want to shop at.
4. If you are intending to be online shopping, make sure that you do it from a computer connection you understand is secure, like one that you have in the home. Hackers try to find WI-Fi connections in public places if they are scouting for victims, so avoid shopping when using them.
5. If you want to buy books online, you'll get yourself a better deal if you get them used. Based on the condition you receive them in, you may just end up paying a few cents plus shipping. Make sure you read through the description of the book to see if you can find any damages you should be aware of.