1. Before buying coming from a new online retailer, perform some research on them. Check online reviews from other customers to see the way it handles stuff like customer service, shipping, and its overall buying experience. You can also look into the BBB to see if it has any disputes and whether those disputes were resolved professionally. Try contacting the company via email and phone number, if it's posted to ask questions on its business before you buy anything.
2. To help protect your credit, use only one credit card for online purchases. This will help you quickly track your spending habits when the charge card statement comes in the mail. If you notice any charges that you simply did not make, call the credit card company immediately and report it to them.
3. Be careful where you submit your credit card information. When you find yourself shopping online, always use secure sites. These are sites that have taken steps to guard your valuable information. A secured website will begin with HTTPS instead of the standard HTTP. There can also be a locked icon, in both your address or status bar, according to which browser you use.
4. Search for coupons before purchasing a product online. Most online stores usually have some promotional offers happening. If you do not find any information regarding current offers on the site from the online store, look on other sites. Customers sometimes share their online coupons on discussion boards or couponning blogs.
5. When you shop online, be certain the site you happen to be on begins with "https". The "S" signifies that the site is secure, which entails that one could safely enter your personal information without having to concern yourself with identity theft. If a site does not have the "S" in it, you might want to avoid using it.