1. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect you to a page after you've submitted a purchase detailing anything that was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a copy of this or save a duplicate to your computer in case any issues arise before the end of the return period. Ensure that you save any emails about your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.
2. Make sure that you're entering your payment details on a good site. Look for "https://" inside the URL from the site that you're attempting to buy something from. If you don't see that or no symbol of any website security, then it's probably a good idea not to trust those people along with your account information.
3. While shopping online, ensure that the online store offers secure checkout. This helps protect your personal information from being stolen. To ensure the site is encrypted look up into your web browser's URL box. The website is secured if the website starts with https. This means hyper transfer protocol secure.
4. Call the online company prior to making a purchase. For those who have some kind of problem with your purchase, you want in order to know that you could reach customer care easily. That's why it's a good idea to call before you allow them to have your credit card information. Should you can't get anyone on the telephone, steer clear.
5. Do more research on the online store you are interested in before ordering a product from their store. If a store does not provide quality service or products, you will more than likely find some negative reviews published on other sites. It is best to stick to online stores having an excellent reputation.