1. Be mindful which sites you patronize. It is difficult to know which are on the up and up and which are not, but there are a few clues. If the address does not seem sensible or the design seems off, go to a different site. In addition, if a variety of pop-up windows begin appearing, close them out and move on.
2. If you're purchasing clothes or shoes online, be careful with the sizing. Some items typically run smaller or larger than normal. Some shopping sites will advertise if an item runs true to size. If the site doesn't list anything about sizing, glance at the reviews. In most cases, if the item is running larger or smaller, the reviewers will let you know.
3. Be mindful where you submit your charge card information. When you are shopping online, only use secure sites. These are sites that have taken steps to safeguard your valuable information. A secured website will begin with HTTPS instead of the standard HTTP. There may also be a locked icon, in a choice of your address or status bar, according to which browser you use.
4. When looking for a product online, take the time to read reviews. Try finding the same product on different sites to read as many reviews as is possible. Reading many reviews will help you get a more general concept of whether or not the item you are interested in meets high standards of quality.
5. If you are going to get doing some shopping on the web, make sure you understand the liability for every credit card you use online. Many credit cards have automatic fraud prevention built in while others offer it to get a minimal fee. You do not need to get stuck with purchases made on your card when the number is stolen.