1. 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 personal data to steal your identity. To prevent that, if you carry on an online store site and find out that being a requirement, do not buy everything from them and shop someplace else.
2. When you are shopping online, make sure that you are merely shopping on secure websites. Look in the website URL and it should display "https" as opposed to the usual "http" at the beginning. Always have an updated copy of anti-virus running on your computer as well. This will make sure that you have a safe online shopping experience.
3. If you feel you will be making a lot of online purchases in the future, consider trying to get a separate credit card to use simply for these transactions. It is easier to track all transactions when they are the only items listed about this card's transaction records. Additionally, you don't need to worry concerning your own funds being compromised, even temporarily, if you are a victim of fraud.
4. For those who have questions while shopping, search for a live chat function on 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 fix any issues or answer any questions before you purchase. That can provide you with a lot of reassurance.