1. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect you to a page after you've submitted your order detailing exactly what was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a copy of this or save a duplicate to your computer in case any issues arise before the end of the return period. Make sure to save any emails regarding your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.
2. Sign-up for any identity theft protection your credit card company offers, especially if you shop online often. No matter how safe you are or how diligently you believe you are able to 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.
3. Turn it into a habit to sign up for price alerts. This goes even for purchases that you've recently made. Price alerts will let you know whenever a product has dropped to your price you like. And if you've recently purchased at full price, you are able to ask for a price adjustment to satisfy the new deal.
4. Discover more about the payment methods provided by the online store you are interested in. Most stores give you the option to pay with credit cards or with PayPal. Credit cards is a safe option only if the store features a secure server. If you do not see any details about safety, it is advisable to go through a different store.
5. Make sure that you're entering your payment details on a secure site. Look for "https://" in the URL in the site that you're seeking to buy something from. If you don't see that or no sign of any website security, then it's probably a great idea not to trust those people with your account information.