1. If you are making a purchase online, make certain you use credit cards to pay for the transaction. Bank card users are protected against fraud by federal law and they are only responsible for $50 in these cases. Some card agencies will even go so far regarding wave the $50 for you, which means that you will not be out of pocket.
2. Sign-up for any identity theft protection your credit card company offers, especially if you shop online often. No matter how safe you are or how diligently you believe you are able to protect your information, 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.
3. Before you start your web shopping, make sure that you've got up-to-date antivirus software. Online shopping is a hotbed for suspect websites. Some people build stores with the goal to infect your computer with malware. It's best that you take precautions prior to visiting any stores, no matter how reputable you feel they may be.
5. If you feel you will be making a lot of online purchases later on, consider applying for a separate bank card to use only for these transactions. It is simpler to track all transactions if they are the only items listed on this card's transaction records. Additionally, you don't need to worry about your own funds being compromised, even temporarily, if you are a victim of fraud.