1. If you are making a purchase online, make sure that you use credit cards to pay for the transaction. Bank card users are protected against fraud by federal law and are only accountable for $50 in these cases. Some card agencies will even go so far concerning wave the $50 for you, which means that you will not be out of pocket.
2. Call the internet company prior to making a purchase. In case you have some kind of downside to your purchase, you want to be able to know that you can reach customer service easily. That's why it's a good idea to call before you give them your charge card information. If you can't get anyone on the phone, steer clear.
3. Whenever you enjoy the ease of frequent internet shopping, it's very important to keep changing the passwords you use for each account. Every couple of weeks or so, make up a new password to your bank and the shopping sites directly. Use abstract words, combined with numbers and other odd characters for your strongest passwords.
4. When you're shopping online you should be sure that you know who you're buying from. If you're buying on an online auction site, only purchase from people that have positive feedback. On other sites look to see should they be a reputable company by trying to find reviews to them online.
5. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect you to a page after you've submitted an order detailing exactly what was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a duplicate of this or save a duplicate to your computer in case any issues arise before the end of the return period. Make sure to save any emails about your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.