1. Sign-up for any id theft protection your credit card company offers, specifically 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.
2. Make sure that you're entering your payment details on a good site. Try to find "https://" within the URL in the site that you're trying to buy something from. If you don't see that or no sign of any website security, then it's probably a wise idea not to trust those people together with your account information.
3. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect one to a page after you've submitted your order 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 regarding your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.
4. When shopping for a certain item, check several different online stores. Many times with some searching, you save as much as 25 percent. Look at many different websites to successfully are getting the best offer. When figuring each website's price, ensure you include shipping costs to your calculations.
5. Be wary for any emails you get, even if they appear to be from the retailer you trust. Never click on a hyperlink that directs you to a site other than the one you shopped on. Should you, you may become vulnerable to a gimmick. Rather than clicking on an email hyperlink, just go up to your browser and type in the web site you want to go to. It is actually much safer that way.