1. Be wary of any emails you receive, even if they appear to be from a retailer you trust. Never click on a hyperlink 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 clicking on an email hyperlink, just go up to your browser and enter the web site you need to go to. It is much safer that way.
2. Be mindful where you submit your credit card information. If you are shopping online, only use secure sites. These are sites that have taken steps to protect your valuable information. A secured website will begin with HTTPS as opposed to the standard HTTP. There can also be a locked icon, either in your address or status bar, according to which browser you use.
3. When you are shopping online, make sure that you are just shopping on secure websites. Look in the site URL plus it should display "https" as opposed to the usual "http" at the beginning. Also have an up to date copy of anti-virus running on your computer too. This will make certain you have a safe online shopping experience.
4. Get familiar with the shipping facts of an online retailer. Their shipping policy should be outlined in a separate section to explain the average time you should get your items, geographic restrictions, shipping choices, possible shipping insurance, and what their handling and shipping fees are. Use all of this information to determine if these costs and options fit well to suit your needs, your budget, along with your area prior to placing an order.
5. Before buying a product online, find out more about shipping. If you do not find any information regarding shipping costs, contact the vendor to find out if there are additional charges for shipping. If there are several shipping options, choose an affordable and reliable option to make sure you receive your product quickly.