1. If you are shopping online, never give out your Social Security number. There is absolutely no website that needs this number for you to buy something. If you are being asked for your Social Security number during checkout, you may be on a scam website. Leave this site and find one which has a better reputation.
2. Before shopping from a store that is new to you, learn what the store's reputation is like. You can usually do an internet search and find out what others think of the business. It is best to accomplish this so you do not find out the difficult way and lose your cash.
3. When shopping online, be sure the site you happen to be on starts off with "https". The "S" signifies that the site is secure, which entails that you can safely enter your personal information without having to worry about identity theft. If a site lacks the "S" in it, you might like to avoid using it.
4. When a company includes a newsletter, register. Often, companies will give sneak peeks, special deals and online coupons to people on the 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 sign up for a company's newsletter in the event you really like their products and services and would use a coupon code.
5. When you are creating any purchases on the internet and you are required to create a user account, never use the same passwords that you use on other websites. Do not make use of your e-mail or banking password to make an account to buy shoes from a web retailer. If someone was able to see this password, they might have access to more than simply your profile on the retailer's store.