1. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect one to a page after you've submitted an order detailing exactly what was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a copy of this or save a copy to your computer in case any issues arise before the end of the return period. Be sure to save any emails regarding your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.
2. If a website is not secure, do not make a purchase. Simply check out at the web address when you are shopping. If you notice an "https" instead of an "http," you can feel confident enough to insert your credit card information. However, if there is no "s" in the address, move on to a different site to be on the safe side.
3. If a company has a newsletter, register. Often, companies will give sneak peeks, promotions and discount codes to people on their mailing list. However, be careful. You don't want to sign up for every company's newsletter or you'll soon be buried under endless emails. Only join a company's newsletter in the event you really like their products and services and would use a promotion code.
4. When shopping online, most places only accept debit or credit cards. Keep this in mind when you are choosing a site to purchase from. In the event you don't feel relaxed providing the company with your bank 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.
5. When you enjoy the comfort of frequent shopping online, it's essential to keep changing the passwords you use for every account. Every couple of weeks roughly, make up a new password to your bank and the shopping sites directly. Use abstract words, combined with numbers and other odd characters for the strongest passwords.