1. Be wary of any emails you obtain, even if they appear to be from a retailer you trust. Never click on a hyperlink that directs you to a site other than the main one you shopped on. Should you do, you may become vulnerable to a scam. Rather than simply clicking an email hyperlink, just go up to your browser and enter in the web site you want to go to. It is much safer that way.
2. Be careful where you submit your credit card information. If you are shopping online, always employ secure sites. These are sites that have taken steps to safeguard your valuable information. A secured website will begin with HTTPS instead of the standard HTTP. There will also be a locked icon, in a choice of your address or status bar, depending on which browser you use.
3. Learn the online store's return policy. If you are considering creating a purchase on an item that you might like to return, be sure you find out if returning the item is definitely an option. Sometimes when you shop online, items cannot be returned and you do not want to be saddled with an unwanted item.
4. Sign-up for any identity theft protection your credit card company offers, particularly if you shop online often. No matter how safe you are or how diligently you believe you can protect your details, it's never one hundred percent guaranteed. Take full advantage of automatic ID protection and know you will have back-up, should the worst occur.
5. 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 information. Look for security signs from Verisign or Cybertrust, so you know the retailer is not in the market to take your hard earned money.