1. Be careful where you submit your credit card information. If you are shopping online, only use secure sites. These are sites that have taken steps to guard your valuable information. A secured website will begin with HTTPS instead of the standard HTTP. There can also be a locked icon, either in your address or status bar, depending on which browser you use.
2. Be sure that you're entering your payment details on a good site. Search for "https://" inside the URL in the site that you're attempting to buy something from. If you don't see that or no indication of any website security, then it's probably a great idea not to trust those people with your account information.
3. If you like an internet store, join their email distribution list. You will probably receive some coupons and information about deals in your mailbox. Check these emails regularly to keep up to date with discounted prices and promotional offers. Most online stores often offer free shipping or discounts on certain products.
4. If you feel you will be making a lot of online purchases later on, consider trying to get a separate credit card to use just for these transactions. It is easier to track all transactions when they are the only items listed on this card's transaction records. Additionally, you don't need to worry concerning your own funds being compromised, even temporarily, if you are a victim of fraud.
5. Make it a habit to register for price alerts. This goes even for purchases that you've recently made. Price alerts will let you know when a product has dropped to a price you like. And if you've recently purchased at full price, you can ask for a price adjustment to meet the newest deal.