1. Be careful in regards to the online stores that you consider buying from. If the online store is poorly designed, full of misspellings, and overall fishy, you should take your money elsewhere. These are signs that something might not be right about this store. It's preferable to be safe than sorry.
2. Sign-up for any identity fraud protection your credit card company offers, particularly if you shop online often. No matter how safe you are or how diligently you believe it is possible to protect your data, 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.
3. Before going shopping at any online retailer, do a quick search for promotional codes. Most of the big retailers often have promotions running which are not advertised on their own home page. Carrying out a quick hunt for these codes will allow you to insert the code at checkout to save money.
4. If you are going to be doing some online shopping, make sure you understand the liability for each credit card you use online. Many credit cards have automatic fraud prevention built in while others offer it for any minimal fee. You do not would like to get stuck with purchases made on the card if the number is stolen.
5. Before shopping from a store that is a new comer to you, find out what the store's reputation is like. You can usually do an internet search and find out what others think of the business. It is best to do that so you may not find out the difficult way and lose your cash.