1. If you are shopping online, never give out your Social Security number. There is absolutely no website that requires this number for you to make a purchase. If you are being asked for your Social Security number during checkout, you are probably on a scam website. Leave this site and find one which has a better reputation.
2. When you are shopping on the web, make sure that you are merely shopping on secure websites. Look in the site URL and it should display "https" rather than the usual "http" at the beginning. Usually have an updated copy of anti-virus running on your computer too. This will make certain you have a safe online shopping experience.
3. Find out more about the payment methods available from the online store you are interested in. Most stores give you the option to pay with a charge card or with PayPal. A charge card is a safe option only if the store has a secure server. If you do not see any details about safety, it is recommended to go through an alternative store.
4. When shopping online, most places only accept debit or credit cards. Take this into account when you are selecting a site to shop from. If you don't feel comfortable providing the company with your bank card information, look for another site. Try to find a website that offers a good page when you're adding your charge card information.
5. Make sure to read all the information about any product you are considering purchasing. Just looking in a picture online can be deceiving sometimes. It will make a product look bigger or smaller than it is. Make sure to read the description so that you know exactly what you really are purchasing.