1. If a website is not secure, do not make a purchase. Simply check out at the website address when you are shopping. If you notice an "https" rather than an "http," you can feel confident enough to insert your charge card information. However, if there is no "s" in the address, proceed to a different site to be in the safe side.
2. Sign up for the website's newsletter if they have one. Many times stores will give you a discount or some form of deal once you sign up for their newsletter. Determine if there is a deal associated with registering for the newsletter at any store you would like to shop at.
3. Make sure to read all the information about any product you are considering purchasing. Just looking in a picture online can be deceiving sometimes. It can make a product look bigger or smaller than it is. Make sure to browse the description which means you know exactly what you really are purchasing.
4. When shopping for a product online, take the time to read reviews. Try finding the same product on different sites to read as numerous reviews as is possible. Reading many reviews will allow you to get a more general concept of whether or not the item you are interested in meets high standards of quality.
5. Before shopping from a store that is a new comer to you, learn what the store's reputation is like. You can usually do a web-based search and find out what others think of the business. It is best to do that so you do not find out the difficult way and lose your money.