1. If you frequently shop online, make sure your antimalware is always top-notch and up to date. Major shopping sites are frequently targeted by hackers and other shady types who try to steal your own personal identification or get into your accounts. Heed any warnings your security software provides you with about sites and report suspicious activity to the webmaster of the shopping site.
2. Make sure to read all the information about any product you are considering purchasing. Just looking in a picture online can be deceiving sometimes. It will make a product look bigger or smaller than it is. Make sure to look at the description so you know exactly what you are purchasing.
3. Be extra careful when you look for shopping deals on social networking. Although it's a great way to get announcements regarding sales and coupon-codes, social networking accounts can easily be impersonated or even out-right hacked. Get your information on the social networks, then proceed directly to the main site of the store mentioned to wheel and deal.
4. If you are shopping online, never give out your Social Security number. There is not any website that requires this number for you to buy something. If you are being asked for your Social Security number during checkout, you are probably on a scam website. Leave this site and find one that has a better reputation.
5. Although it may look tedious, make sure you read the contract and terms before you purchase with a website. These documents have valuable information on what you can and cannot do when you have a problem with the item that you bought. Read them thoroughly in order that you do not have an unwelcome surprise when trying to come back items.