1. Be wary for any emails you get, even if they appear to be from a retailer you trust. Never click on a hyperlink that directs you to a web site other than the one you shopped on. Should you, you may become vulnerable to a scam. Rather than clicking on an email hyperlink, just go up to your browser and enter the web site you would like to go to. It is actually much safer that way.
2. 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 service representative to correct any issues or answer any questions before you purchase. That can give you a lot of peace of mind.
3. Although it might appear tedious, be sure you read the contract and terms before you purchase at a website. These documents have valuable information about what you can and cannot do when you have a problem with the item that you bought. Read them thoroughly in order that you do not have an unwelcome surprise when trying to return items.
4. When you find yourself making a purchase online, make sure that you use a charge card to pay for the transaction. Credit card users are protected against fraud by federal law and they 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.
5. Be mindful where you submit your bank card information. When you are shopping online, always employ secure sites. These are sites that have taken steps to protect your valuable information. A secured website will begin with HTTPS rather than the standard HTTP. There will also be a locked icon, in a choice of your address or status bar, based on which browser you use.