1. If you are shopping online, never give out your Social Security number. There is not any website that really needs this number for you to make a purchase. If you are being asked for your Social Security number during checkout, perhaps you are on a scam website. Leave this site and locate one that includes a better reputation.
2. While shopping online, be certain the site you are on starts off with "https". The "S" implies that the site is secure, which entails that you could safely enter your personal information without having to worry about identity theft. If a site does not have the "S" in it, you might like to avoid using it.
3. Be skeptical of overdoing it. It is much easier to overspend if you are shopping online. You begin to rationalize that you can spend more money for those shoes because you saved money on gas and the food you would have gotten if you went to the mall, for example. Give yourself a limit and stick to it.
4. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect you to a page after you've submitted a purchase detailing everything that was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a duplicate of this or save a copy to your computer in case any issues arise before the end of the return period. Be sure to save any emails concerning your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.
5. When shopping for a specific item, check several different internet retailers. Many times with a little searching, it can save you as much as 25 percent. Look at many different websites to ensure that you are getting the best bargain. When figuring each website's price, ensure you include shipping costs into your calculations.