1. If you are intending to be shopping online, make sure that you do it from a computer connection you know is secure, like the one that you have in your own home. Hackers try to find WI-Fi connections in public places if they are scouting for victims, so avoid shopping when using them.
2. When you are online shopping, make sure that you are only shopping on secure websites. Look in the site URL plus it should display "https" rather than the usual "http" at the beginning. Also have an updated copy of anti-virus running on your computer also. This will ensure that you have a safe online shopping experience.
3. Always remember your budget and credit limits while shopping online. The virtual arena of online shopping has gotten a lot of people in serious debt. You need to examine online shopping in the same manner you look at offline shopping. Never buy items online that you don't have the cash to pay for.
4. Pay close attention for potential sales online starting as soon as Wednesday. Many brick and mortar stores do sales on the weekends, and to compete, many online retailers have moved their sales days up by a couple of days. You can often find exceptional mid-week bargains with just a little online research.
5. If you are shopping online, never give out your Social Security number. There is not any website that needs this number for you to buy something. If you are being asked for your Social Security number during checkout, perhaps you are on a scam website. Leave this site and discover one that has a better reputation.