1. When you are online shopping, you should only shop at reputable stores. If the store does not have a good reputation, you may be seeking trouble. Many people have had their credit card and private information stolen from shopping on under reputable websites. Be careful and protect your private information.
2. When a company features a newsletter, register. Often, companies will give sneak peeks, promotions and discount codes to people on their mailing list. However, be careful. You don't want to sign up for every company's newsletter or you'll soon be buried under endless emails. Only subscribe to a company's newsletter should you really like their products and would use a discount code.
3. If you have questions while shopping, choose a live chat function on the online store. Many big brands (and even some boutique stores) now have this functionality. You can chat immediately with a customer support representative to repair any issues or answer any questions before buying. That can provide you with a lot of satisfaction.
4. Sign-up for any id theft protection your credit card company offers, especially 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. When you are online shopping, make sure that you are only shopping on secure websites. Look in the site URL and it also should display "https" rather than the usual "http" at the beginning. Also have an up to date copy of anti-virus running on your computer also. This will make certain you have a safe online shopping experience.