1. Be mindful where you submit your bank card information. When you are shopping online, always employ secure sites. These are sites that have taken steps to protect your valuable information. A secured website will begin with HTTPS instead of the standard HTTP. There may also be a locked icon, either in your address or status bar, depending on which browser you use.
2. When shopping online, always try to keep in mind the buying price of shipping. Many sites offer free shipping on purchases over a certain quantity. In the event that you have to pay shipping, make sure that it is going to fit into your budget after you've added everything to your cart. Possessing a full cart only to find out you can not afford the shipping is never an exciting experience.
3. When you are searching for a location to buy a specific thing and none of the results appear to be from familiar retailers, you should be hesitant about entering your data. Look for security signs from Verisign or Cybertrust, which means you know the retailer is not out to take your hard earned money.
4. Before going shopping at any online retailer, do a quick search for promotional codes. Lots of the big retailers often have promotions running that are not advertised on their home page. Performing a quick search for these codes will allow you to insert the code at checkout to save money.
5. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect you to a page after you've submitted a purchase detailing exactly what was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a duplicate 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 concerning your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.