1. To safeguard yourself use a credit card when you shop online. The federal government has passed laws to protect consumers in the event of fraud. The amount the consumer is responsible for is a mere $50.00 as compared to debit cards where the entire balance may be withdrawn by internet hackers.
2. If you feel you will be making a lot of online purchases later on, consider applying for a separate charge card to use only for these transactions. It is easier to track all transactions when they are the only items listed with this card's transaction records. Additionally, you don't need to worry regarding your own funds being compromised, even temporarily, if you are a victim of fraud.
4. Once you enjoy the comfort of frequent shopping online, it's essential to keep changing the passwords you use for each and every account. Every couple of weeks approximately, make up a whole new password for the bank as well as the shopping sites directly. Use abstract words, combined with numbers and other odd characters for the strongest passwords.
5. While shopping online, make sure that the online store offers secure checkout. This helps protect your personal information from being stolen. To ensure the website is encrypted search for into your web browser's URL box. The site is secured if the website starts with https. This means hyper transfer protocol secure.