1. Be wary for any emails you get, even if they appear to be from a retailer you trust. Never click on a link that directs you to a website other than the main one you shopped on. If you do, you may become vulnerable to a gimmick. Rather than simply clicking on an email hyperlink, just go approximately your browser and enter the web site you need to go to. It is actually much safer that way.
2. If you feel that you will be making a lot of online purchases down the road, consider applying for a separate bank card to use simply for these transactions. It is much easier 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.
3. If you find a fantastic product on your favorite site, search for it in the search engines before you buy it. Make note of the model number or brand, and do a quick search to successfully can't get it cheaper from somewhere else. You might be able to save a few dollars that way.
4. Sign-up for any id theft protection your credit card company offers, particularly if you shop online often. No matter how safe you are or how diligently you believe you can 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.
5. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect you to a page after you've submitted your order detailing anything that was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a copy of this or save a copy 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.