1. Be careful which sites you patronize. It is difficult to know which are around the up or higher and that are not, but there are a few clues. If the address does not sound right or the design seems off, go to a different site. Additionally, if a lot of pop-up windows begin appearing, close them out and move on.
2. When you are making any purchases online and you are required to make a user account, never make use of the same passwords that you use on other websites. Do not use your e-mail or banking password to make your account to buy shoes from a web retailer. If a person was able to check this out password, they can have access to more than just your profile on the retailer's store.
3. If you have questions while shopping, choose a live chat function around the online store. Many big brands (and even some boutique stores) now have this functionality. It is possible to chat immediately with a customer support representative to repair any issues or answer any questions before buying. That can give you a lot of peace of mind.
4. If a website is not secure, do not buy something. Simply search for at the website address when you are shopping. If you notice an "https" instead of an "http," you can feel confident enough to insert your credit card information. However, if there is no "s" in the address, move on to a different site to be on the safe side.
5. If you are searching for the best coupons, consider signing up for the newsletters of the stores that you love the most. Often stores give their best coupons and discounts to people that have signed up for the first time. And they'll continue to provide great deals to those that have shown big fascination with the brand, so the signup can lead to some phenomenal savings.