1. While shopping online, it is critical that you spend a little time looking at the site that you are currently considering buying from. You will find information about the website from other sites and the Better Business Bureau. Not researching them could lead to you getting the products you did not order or getting billed more than you should have.
2. If a company features a newsletter, sign-up. Often, companies will give sneak peeks, promotions and discount codes to people on their own mailing list. However, be careful. You don't want to sign up for every company's newsletter or you'll soon be buried under endless emails. Only subscribe to a company's newsletter in the event you really like their products and would use a coupon code.
3. Sign-up for any identity fraud protection your credit card company offers, especially if you shop online often. No matter how safe you are or how diligently you believe you can protect your data, 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.
4. When you shop online, it's best to look around to find the best price. Shopping online will make it very easy to get the best price for just about any items. While shopping around, ensure that you only consider the prices from places where you'd feel comfortable buying from. Even if a price is great, it won't matter if you don't want to order from that place.
5. Be mindful where you submit your credit card information. When you find yourself shopping online, always employ secure sites. These are sites that have taken steps to guard your valuable information. A secured website will begin with HTTPS instead of the standard HTTP. There will also be a locked icon, in both your address or status bar, according to which browser you use.