1. If you are going to be shopping on the web, make sure that you practice it from a computer connection you understand is secure, like the one that you have in your own home. Hackers try to find WI-Fi connections in public places if they are scouting for victims, so avoid shopping when using them.
2. Be careful in regard to the online stores that you consider buying from. If the online store is poorly designed, full of misspellings, and overall fishy, you should take your money elsewhere. These are signs that something might not be right about this store. It's better to be safe than sorry.
3. 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 browse the description so that you know exactly what you really are purchasing.
4. When you are creating any purchases on the internet and you are required to make a user account, never use the same passwords that you use on other websites. Do not make use of e-mail or banking password to make your account to buy shoes from a web retailer. If someone was able to check this out password, they can have access to not only your profile on the retailer's store.
5. Be wary of the emails you get, even if they appear to be coming from a retailer you trust. Never click on a hyperlink that directs you to a web site other than the one you shopped on. If you do, you may become vulnerable to a scam. Rather than simply clicking an email hyperlink, just go up to your browser and type in the web site you want to go to. It is actually much safer that way.