1. If a company includes a newsletter, sign up. Often, companies will give sneak peeks, deals and online coupons to people on the mailing list. However, be careful. You don't want to sign up for every company's newsletter or you'll soon be buried under endless emails. Only subscribe to a company's newsletter if you really like their products and services and would use a discount code.
2. Should you be shopping online, never give out your Social Security number. There is not any website that needs this number for you to make a purchase. If you are being asked for your Social Security number during checkout, you are probably on a scam website. Leave this site and locate one that has a better reputation.
3. Before shopping from a store that is new to you, learn what the store's reputation is like. You can usually do an internet search and discover what others think of the business. It is best to do this so you do not find out the tough way and lose your hard earned money.
4. Discover more about the payment methods provided by the online store you are interested in. Most stores give you the option to pay with a credit card or with PayPal. Credit cards is a safe option as long as the store has a secure server. If you do not see any information regarding safety, it is recommended to go through an alternative store.
5. When you are searching for a place to buy an item and none of the results are most often from familiar retailers, you need to be hesitant about entering your details. Look for security signs from Verisign or Cybertrust, so that you know the retailer is not to take your money.