1. When you are shopping on the web, you should only shop at reputable stores. If the store does not have a strong reputation, you may be seeking trouble. Some individuals have had their credit card and personal information stolen from shopping on lower than reputable websites. Be careful and protect your private information.
2. Sign up for the website's newsletter if they have one. Many times stores will give you a reduction or some kind of deal once you sign up for their newsletter. Determine whether there is a deal associated with registering for the newsletter at any store you want to shop at.
3. Make sure that you're entering your payment details on a good site. Try to find "https://" inside the URL from the site that you're seeking to buy something from. If you don't see that or no indication of any website security, then it's probably a good idea not to trust those people with your account information.
4. If you are intending to be online shopping, make sure that you do it from a computer connection you know is secure, like the one which you have in your own home. Hackers search for WI-Fi connections in public places while they are scouting for victims, so avoid shopping when using them.
5. Be mindful where you submit your bank card information. When you find yourself shopping online, only use secure sites. These are sites that have taken steps to protect your valuable information. A secured website will begin with HTTPS as opposed to the standard HTTP. There may also be a locked icon, in both your address or status bar, based on which browser you use.