1. If a website is not secure, do not make a purchase. Simply look up at the web address when you are shopping. If you notice an "https" as opposed to an "http," you can feel confident enough to insert your credit card information. However, if there is no "s" within the address, move on to a different site to be in the safe side.
2. Prior to making a purchase, make a price comparison on several websites. Look for special coupons and offers on these websites to ensure that you are getting the best offer possible. Also look into what it really will cost for that shipping on your items and in case there are free freight options open to you.
3. To guard yourself use a credit card while shopping online. The federal government has passed laws to protect consumers in the event of fraud. The amount the buyer is responsible for is a mere $50.00 as compared to debit cards where the entire balance can be withdrawn by internet hackers.
4. Make it a habit to register for price alerts. This goes even for purchases that you've recently made. Price alerts will tell you when a product has dropped to a price you like. And if you've recently purchased at full price, you can ask for a price adjustment to meet the new deal.
5. If you feel that you will be making a lot of online purchases later on, consider trying to get a separate charge card to use only for these transactions. It is simpler to track all transactions if they are the only items listed with this card's transaction records. Additionally, you don't need to worry about your own funds being compromised, even temporarily, if you are a victim of fraud.