1. When you are online shopping, make sure that you are just shopping on secure websites. Look in the website URL and it should display "https" rather than the usual "http" at the beginning. Always have an updated copy of anti-virus running on your computer also. This will make sure that you have a safe online shopping experience.
2. If you are going to be shopping on the web, make sure that you get it done from a computer connection you know is secure, like one that you have in the home. Hackers look for WI-Fi connections in public places while they are scouting for victims, so avoid shopping when using them.
3. If a company includes a newsletter, register. Often, companies will give sneak peeks, promotions and discount codes to people on their own 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 join a company's newsletter if you really like their goods and would use a discount code.
4. Be careful in regard to the online stores that you consider buying from. If the online store is poorly designed, packed with misspellings, and overall fishy, you should take your money elsewhere. These are signs that something might not be right about this store. It's safer to be safe than sorry.
5. Make sure that you're entering your payment details on a safe and secure site. Search for "https://" inside the URL in the site that you're attempting to buy something from. If you don't see that or no sign of any website security, then it's probably a great idea not to trust those people along with your account information.