1. When you are online shopping, make sure that you are merely shopping on secure websites. Look in the site URL and it should display "https" as opposed to the usual "http" at the beginning. Always have an up to date copy of anti-virus running on your computer also. This will make certain you have a safe online shopping experience.
2. Be careful which sites you patronize. It is difficult to know which are in the up or higher and that are not, but there are a few clues. If the address does not make sense or the design seems off, go to a different site. Additionally, if a variety of pop-up windows begin appearing, close them out and move on.
3. While shopping online, make sure the site you happen to be on starts with "https". The "S" signifies that the site is secure, which entails that you could safely enter your personal information without having to worry about identity theft. If a site lacks the "S" in it, you may want to avoid using it.
4. 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 duplicate of this or save a duplicate to your computer in case any issues arise before the end of the return period. Be sure to save any emails concerning your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.
5. Search for coupons before purchasing a product online. Most online stores also have some promotional offers going on. If you do not find any information about current offers on the site in the online store, look on other sites. Customers sometimes share their online coupons on message boards or couponning blogs.