1. If you're purchasing clothes or shoes online, be careful using the sizing. Some items typically run smaller or greater than normal. Some shopping sites will advertise if an item runs true to size. If the site doesn't list anything about sizing, glance at the reviews. In most cases, if the item is running larger or smaller, the reviewers will let you know.
2. Be careful which sites you patronize. It is difficult to know which are around the up and up 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. In addition, if a bunch of pop-up windows begin appearing, close them out and move on.
3. If you frequently shop online, ensure your antimalware is always high quality and up-to-date. Major shopping sites are often targeted by hackers along with other shady types who try to steal your personal identification or get into your accounts. Heed any warnings your security software gives you about sites and report suspicious activity to the webmaster of the shopping site.
4. If you are going to be doing some online shopping, make sure you be aware of the liability for each and every credit card you use online. Many credit cards have automatic fraud prevention integrated while others offer it to get a minimal fee. You do not need to get stuck with purchases made on your card when the number is stolen.
5. When you're shopping online you have to be sure that you know who you're buying from. If you're buying on an online auction site, only buy from people that have positive feedback. On other sites look to see if they are a reputable company by looking for reviews to them online.