1. If a website is not secure, do not buy something. Simply look up at the website address when you are shopping. If you notice an "https" instead of an "http," you can feel confident enough to insert your bank card information. However, if there is no "s" within the address, start working on a different site to be in the safe side.
2. Online shopping is a great way to find items that are out of stock at your local store. For instance, if you are unable to find a certain size of jeans at the store in your area, you can look on the store's website and discover if they are offered to be shipped to you.
3. Ensure that you're entering your payment details on a good site. Look for "https://" in the URL in the site that you're seeking to buy something from. If you don't see that or no indication of any website security, then it's probably a great idea not to trust those people along with your account information.
4. If you're purchasing clothes or shoes online, be careful with the sizing. Some items typically run smaller or greater than normal. Some shopping sites will advertise if an item runs true to size. If the site doesn't list anything about sizing, glance at the reviews. In most cases, if an item is running larger or smaller, the reviewers will let you know.
5. If you are looking at purchasing coming from a seller for the first time, take a moment to carefully examine their past customer reviews. As a general rule this will give you an approximate idea of what type of goods and services you should expect yourself. Anyone who has been rated lowly time and time again should be given a wide swerve.