1. Be mindful where you submit your bank card information. When you find yourself shopping online, only use secure sites. These are sites that have taken steps to safeguard your valuable information. A secured website will begin with HTTPS as opposed to the standard HTTP. There can also be a locked icon, in both your address or status bar, based on which browser you use.
2. Get familiar with the shipping facts of an online retailer. Their shipping policy should be outlined in a separate section to illustrate the average time you should get your items, geographic restrictions, shipping choices, possible shipping insurance, and what their shipping and handling fees are. Use all of this information to decide if these costs and options fit well to suit your needs, your budget, and your area prior to placing an order.
3. When shopping online, be sure that the online store offers secure checkout. This will assist protect your individual information from being stolen. To ensure the website is encrypted search for into your web browser's URL box. The web page is secured if the website starts with https. This means hyper transfer protocol secure.
4. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect one to a page after you've submitted a purchase detailing everything that was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a duplicate of this or save a copy to your computer in case any issues arise before the end of the return period. Make sure to save any emails concerning your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.
5. Once you enjoy the ease of frequent online shopping, it's very important to keep changing the passwords you use for every account. Every couple of weeks or so, make up a whole new password for the bank and the shopping sites directly. Use abstract words, combined with numbers and other odd characters for the strongest passwords.