1. To safeguard yourself use a credit card while shopping online. The federal government has passed laws to protect consumers in the event of fraud. The amount the buyer is responsible for is a mere $50.00 as compared to atm cards where the entire balance can be withdrawn by internet hackers.
2. To help protect your credit, use only one credit card for online purchases. This will help you quickly track your spending habits when the bank card statement is available in the mail. If you notice any charges that you did not make, call the credit card company immediately and report it to them.
3. Before shopping from a store that is a new comer to you, learn what the store's reputation is like. You can usually do an online search and discover what others think of the business. It is best to do this so you do not find out the hard way and lose your cash.
4. After you have found the items you want, check to see if there are any coupons offered. There are many websites that offer coupons. These coupons can be a certain percent off, a certain dollar amount off or free shipping. Many times several coupons are offered. If this is the case, choose the one that will save you as much as possible.
5. When you are searching for a place to buy a product and not one of the results seem to be from familiar retailers, you need to be hesitant about entering your information. Look for security signs from Verisign or Cybertrust, so that you know the retailer is not to take your hard earned money.