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 the home. Hackers search for WI-Fi connections in public places if they are scouting for victims, so avoid shopping when using them.
2. If you wish to buy a used product online, learn more about the vendor first. You need to visit their profile and look for reviews published by other shoppers who bought products from this seller. Do not hesitate to make contact with the seller to question a few questions about the product you are interested in.
3. Get familiar with the shipping facts of an online retailer. Their shipping policy should be outlined in a separate section to illustrate the average time you should get your items, geographic restrictions, shipping choices, possible shipping insurance, and what their shipping and handling fees are. Use all this information to choose if these costs and options fit well to suit your needs, your budget, along with your area before you place an order.
4. Be wary for any emails you get, even if they appear to be coming from a retailer you trust. Never click on a web link that directs you to a web site other than the main one you shopped on. Should you do, you may become vulnerable to a scam. Rather than simply clicking on an email hyperlink, just go up to your browser and type in the web site you would like to go to. It is much safer that way.
5. Look for the right times to shop online. Often the stores that you frequent will have online sales that follow a time pattern. Many, for instance, schedule sales for the beginning of the month or at the end. If you notice there's a pattern, hold off on buying anything until the upcoming sales period begins.