1. To guard yourself use a credit card when you shop online. The federal government has passed laws to protect consumers in the event of fraud. The amount the consumer is responsible for is a mere $50.00 as compared to atm cards where the entire balance may be withdrawn by internet hackers.
2. Never give out your Social Security number to 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 personal data to steal your identity. To prevent that, if you continue an online store site and see that as a requirement, do not buy everything from them and shop elsewhere.
3. While shopping online, it's best to check around to find the best price. Shopping online will make it very easy to find the best price for any items. While shopping around, ensure that you only consider the prices from places where you'd feel at ease buying from. Even if a cost is great, it won't matter if you don't want to order from that place.
4. Find out the online store's return policy. If you are considering creating a purchase on an item that you might want to return, make sure to find out if returning the item is an option. Sometimes when you shop online, items are unable to be returned and you do not want to be saddled with an unwanted item.
5. Sign-up for any identity theft protection your credit card company offers, specifically if you shop online often. No matter how safe you are or how diligently you believe it is possible to protect your data, it's never one hundred percent guaranteed. Take full advantage of automatic ID protection and know you will have back-up, should the worst occur.