1. Do more research in the online store you are considering before ordering a product from their store. If a store does not provide quality service or products, you will most likely find some negative reviews published on other sites. It is best to stay with online stores having an excellent reputation.
2. When you are making a purchase online, make sure that you use credit cards to pay for the transaction. Credit card users are protected against fraud by federal law and are only responsible for $50 in these cases. Some card agencies will even go so far as to wave the $50 for you, meaning that you will not be out of pocket.
3. Sign-up for any identity theft protection your credit card company offers, specifically 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.
4. Sign up for the website's newsletter if they have one. Many times stores will give you a discount or some type of deal when you sign up for their newsletter. Find out if there is a deal associated with signing up for the newsletter at any store you want to shop at.
5. When shopping online, most places only accept debit or credit cards. Take this into account when you are choosing a site to look from. If you don't feel relaxed providing the company with your bank card information, try to look for another site. Try to find a site that offers a safe and secure page when you're adding your credit card information.