1. When you are shopping on the web, make sure that you are merely shopping on secure websites. Look in the web site URL and it also should display "https" as opposed to the usual "http" at the beginning. Usually have an up to date copy of anti-virus running on your computer too. This will make sure that you have a safe online shopping experience.
2. When you shop online, be certain the site you are on begins with "https". The "S" means that the site is secure, which entails that you can safely enter your personal information without having to be worried about identity theft. If a site lacks the "S" in it, you might want to avoid using it.
3. Be sure that when you make a purchase online, you are aware of when the site is secure or not. You may not want your information being compromised in this day and age. Identity theft is quite common, and you must protect your information at all cost so that you will wish to keep making purchases online.
4. 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 will make a product look bigger or smaller than. Make sure to browse the description which means you know exactly what you are purchasing.
5. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect one to a page after you've submitted an order detailing exactly what was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a duplicate of this or save a copy to your computer in case any issues arise before the end of the return period. Be sure to save any emails about your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.