1. When you are searching for a location to buy a specific thing and no results seem to be from familiar retailers, you need to be hesitant about entering your data. Look for security signs from Verisign or Cybertrust, so you know the retailer is not in the market to take your cash.
2. When you are online shopping, you should only shop at reputable stores. If the store does not have a strong reputation, you may be asking for trouble. Many people have had their credit card and private information stolen from shopping on under reputable websites. Be careful and protect your private information.
3. When you shop online, be sure the site you are on starts with "https". The "S" implies that the site is secure, which entails that you could safely enter your personal information without having to be worried about identity theft. If a site does not have the "S" in it, you might like to avoid using it.
4. If you are going to be doing some online shopping, make sure you be aware of the liability for every credit card you use online. Many credit cards have automatic fraud prevention integrated while others offer it for a minimal fee. You do not want to get stuck with purchases made on your own card if the number is stolen.
5. Although it might appear tedious, make sure you read the contract and terms before you purchase in a website. These documents have valuable information about what you can and cannot do when you have a problem with the item that you bought. Read them thoroughly so that you do not have an unwelcome surprise when trying to come back items.