1. Before shopping from a store that is unfamiliar with you, find out what the store's reputation is like. You can usually do a web-based search and learn what others think of the business. It is best to do this so you may not find out the tough way and lose your money.
2. While shopping online, be certain the site you are on begins with "https". The "S" implies that the site is secure, which entails that one could safely enter your personal information without having to concern yourself with identity theft. If a site does not have the "S" in it, you may want to avoid using it.
3. Make it a habit to register for price alerts. This goes even for purchases that you've recently made. Price alerts will tell you when a product has dropped to a price you like. And when you've recently purchased at full price, you can ask for a price adjustment to meet the new deal.
4. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect one to a page after you've submitted your order detailing anything that was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a copy of this or save a duplicate to your computer in case any issues arise before the end of the return period. Make sure to save any emails concerning your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.
5. Make sure that when you buy something online, you are aware of when the site is secure or not. You do not want your information being compromised in nowadays. Identity theft is fairly common, and you also must protect your information at all cost so you wish to keep making purchases online.