1. Make sure to read all the information about any product you are considering purchasing. Just looking at a picture online can be deceiving sometimes. It can make a product look bigger or smaller than it is. Make sure to look at the description which means you know exactly what you are purchasing.
2. If you frequently shop online, make sure your antimalware is always high quality and up-to-date. Major shopping sites are usually targeted by hackers as well as other shady types who attempt to steal your personal identification or get into your accounts. Heed any warnings your security software provides you with about sites and report suspicious activity to the webmaster of the shopping site.
3. When you are searching for a location to buy a specific thing and not one of the results appear to be from familiar retailers, you should be hesitant about entering your data. Look for security signs from Verisign or Cybertrust, so you know the retailer is not to take your hard earned money.
4. If you find an excellent product on your favorite site, search for it in a search engine before you buy it. Make note of the model number or brand, and do a quick search to make sure you can't have it cheaper from somewhere else. You might be able to save a few dollars like that.
5. To protect yourself use a credit card while shopping online. The 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 The amount the buyer is responsible for is a mere $50.00 as compared to atm cards where the entire balance can be withdrawn by internet hackers.