1. Learn more about the payment methods provided by the online store you are interested in. Most stores give you the option to pay with credit cards or with PayPal. Credit cards is a safe option only if the store has a secure server. If you do not see any details about safety, it is best to go through an alternative store.
2. If you have questions while shopping, choose a live chat function around the online store. Many big brands (and even some boutique stores) now have this functionality. It is possible to chat immediately with a customer service representative to repair any issues or answer any questions prior to buying. That can give you a lot of reassurance.
3. If you are planning to be shopping on the web, make sure that you get it done from a computer connection you understand is secure, like one that you have at home. Hackers look for WI-Fi connections in public places while they are scouting for victims, so avoid shopping when using them.
4. To help protect your credit, use only one credit card for online purchases. This will help you quickly track your spending habits when the charge card statement is available in the mail. If you notice any charges which you did not make, call the credit card company immediately and report it to them.
5. Sign up for the website's newsletter if they have one. Many times stores will give you a price reduction or some form of deal whenever you sign up for their newsletter. Find out if there is a deal associated with registering for the newsletter at any store you would like to shop at.