1. When getting things shipped to your home that you bought online, know your consumer rights regarding time tables and condition of merchandise. You have a right to receive items according to the terms stated whenever you ordered them and reasonable expectations of goods being undamaged. Check with the BBB for exact specifics and get what's visiting you fairly!
2. When you are shopping online, make sure that you are only shopping on secure websites. Look in the site URL and it should display "https" as opposed to the usual "http" at the beginning. Usually have an updated copy of anti-virus running on your computer also. This will make sure that you have a safe online shopping experience.
3. Never give out your Social Security number to an online merchant. This number is not required for placing orders online. Giving an online store your Social Security number can help them use your personal and private information to steal your identity. To prevent that, if you carry on an online store site and see that as being a requirement, tend not to buy anything from them and shop elsewhere.
4. Before you start your internet shopping, make sure that you've got up-to-date antivirus software. Internet shopping is a hotbed for suspect websites. Many people build stores with the goal to infect your computer with malware. It's best that you take precautions prior to visiting any stores, no matter how reputable you feel they are.
5. Find out the online store's return policy. In case you are considering making a purchase on an item that you might like to return, make sure to find out if returning the item is an option. Sometimes when you shop online, items can not be returned and you may not want to be saddled with an unwanted item.