1. Be careful where you submit your charge card information. When you find yourself shopping online, always use secure sites. These are sites that have taken steps to safeguard your valuable information. A secured website will begin with HTTPS instead of the standard HTTP. There may also be a locked icon, in both your address or status bar, according to which browser you use.
2. If you're making an online purchase, don't hesitate to contact customer care if you have a matter. By contacting customer service prior to making your order, you'll find out how helpful customer service is and exactly how quickly they respond. This is useful information to have when something goes completely wrong after you've made your purchase.
3. When you shop online, be sure that the online store offers secure checkout. This will help protect your individual information from being stolen. To ensure the site is encrypted look up into your web browser's URL box. The website is secured if the website starts with https. This means hyper transfer protocol secure.
4. Do more research around the online store you are looking at before ordering a product from their website. If a store does not provide quality service or products, you will more than likely find some negative reviews published on other sites. It is best to stay with online stores with an excellent reputation.
5. Look for the right times to shop online. Often the stores that you frequent will have online sales that follow a time pattern. Many, for instance, schedule sales for the beginning of the month or at the end. If you notice there's a pattern, hold off on buying anything until the upcoming sales period begins.