1. When shopping online, most places only accept debit or credit cards. Remember this when you are selecting a site to look from. If you don't feel at ease providing the company with your charge card information, try to find another site. Try to find a web site that offers a safe and secure page when you're adding your charge card information.
2. When you are searching for a place to buy a specific thing and no results seem to be from familiar retailers, you need to be hesitant about entering your information. Look for security signs from Verisign or Cybertrust, which means you know the retailer is not in the market to take your money.
3. Make it a habit to register for price alerts. This goes for purchases that you've recently made. Price alerts will tell you when a product has dropped to a price you like. And if you've recently purchased at full price, you can request a price adjustment to meet the brand new deal.
4. Never give out your Social Security number for 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 private information to steal your identity. To prevent that, if you go on an online store site and find out that being a requirement, tend not to buy everything from them and shop someplace else.
5. Do more research around the online store you are looking at before ordering a product from them. If a store does not provide quality service or products, you will more than likely find some negative reviews published on other sites. It is best to stay with online stores with an excellent reputation.