1. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect you to a page after you've submitted your order detailing anything that was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a copy of this or save a copy to your computer in case any issues arise before the end of the return period. Make sure to save any emails about your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.
2. When shopping online, most places only accept debit or credit cards. Take this into account when you are choosing a site to look from. Should you don't feel at ease providing the company with your bank card information, try to look for another site. Try to find a website that offers a safe and secure page when you're adding your bank card information.
3. If you frequently shop online, ensure your antimalware is always top-notch and up to date. Major shopping sites are often targeted by hackers as well as other shady types who try to steal your own personal identification or get into your accounts. Heed any warnings your security software provides you with about sites and report suspicious activity to the webmaster of the shopping site.
4. When you're shopping online you have to be sure you are aware who you're buying from. If you're buying upon an online auction site, only purchase from people that have positive feedback. On other sites look to see if they are a reputable company by looking for reviews upon them online.
5. Although it might appear tedious, make sure you read the contract and terms before you purchase with a website. These documents have valuable information about what you can and cannot do when you have an issue with the item that you bought. Read them thoroughly so that you do not have an unwelcome surprise when trying to come back items.