1. When you shop online, ensure that the online store offers secure checkout. This will help protect your own personal information from being stolen. To ensure the website is encrypted look up into your web browser's URL box. The website is secured if the website starts with https. This stands for hyper transfer protocol secure.
2. Be sure that you're entering your payment details on a secure site. Search for "https://" within the URL of the site that you're trying to buy something from. If you don't see that or no symbol of any website security, then it's probably a good idea not to trust those people with your account information.
3. Talk to your friends about their favorite online stores. There are millions of sites out there, and there is no way you can find them all yourself. Talk to the people you know to find out who the reputable online retailers are, and where they like to purchase. This will save you a lot of time as well as.
4. If you feel you will be making a lot of online purchases down the road, consider obtaining a separate charge card to use just for these transactions. It is much easier to track all transactions when they are the only items listed about this card's transaction records. Additionally, you don't need to worry regarding your own funds being compromised, even temporarily, if you are a victim of fraud.
5. Never give out your Social Security number for 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 go on an online store site and see that as being a requirement, do not buy everything from them and shop elsewhere.