1. Do more research around the online store you are considering before ordering a product from their website. If a store does not provide quality service or products, you will probably find some negative reviews published on other sites. It is best to stay with online stores having an excellent reputation.
2. Sign-up for any identity theft protection your credit card company offers, particularly if you shop online often. No matter how safe you are or how diligently you believe it is possible to protect your information, 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.
3. When you are searching for a location to buy a product and none of the results are most often from familiar retailers, you ought to be hesitant about entering your details. Look for security signs from Verisign or Cybertrust, so you know the retailer is not in the market to take your hard earned money.
4. Learn more about the payment methods provided by the online store you are interested in. Most stores give you the option to pay with a credit card or with PayPal. A credit card is a safe option only when the store features a secure server. If you do not see any information regarding safety, it is recommended to go through another store.
5. Although it may seem tedious, be sure you read the contract and terms before you purchase at a website. These documents have valuable information about what you can and cannot do when you have a concern with the item that you bought. Read them thoroughly so that you do not have an unwelcome surprise when trying to return items.