1. Be mindful which sites you patronize. It is difficult to learn which are on the up or higher and which can be not, but there are a few clues. If the address does not make sense or the design seems off, go to a different site. Furthermore, if a lot of pop-up windows begin appearing, close them out and move on.
2. Online shopping is a great way to find items that are out of stock at your local store. For example, if you are unable to find a certain size of jeans at the store in your area, you can look on the store's website and find out if they are available to be shipped to you.
3. Never give out your Social Security number with 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 private information to steal your identity. To prevent that, if you continue an online store site and discover that as being a requirement, tend not to buy everything from them and shop elsewhere.
4. Be cautious where you submit your bank card information. When you find yourself shopping online, always use secure sites. These are sites that have taken steps to guard your valuable information. A secured website will begin with HTTPS as opposed to the standard HTTP. There will also be a locked icon, in a choice of your address or status bar, according to which browser you use.
5. Before buying from the new online retailer, do some research on them. Check online reviews from other customers to see the way it handles items like customer service, shipping, and its overall buying experience. You can also look into the BBB to determine if it has any disputes and whether those disputes were resolved professionally. Try contacting the company via email and phone number, if it's posted to ask questions regarding its business before you buy anything.