1. If you are intending to be shopping online, make sure that you get it done from a computer connection you already know is secure, like the one that you have in the home. Hackers look for WI-Fi connections in public places when they are scouting for victims, so avoid shopping when using them.
2. If you're purchasing clothes or shoes online, be careful using the sizing. Some items typically run smaller or bigger than normal. Some shopping sites will advertise if an item runs true to size. If the site doesn't list anything about sizing, glance at the reviews. In most cases, if an item is running larger or smaller, the reviewers will let you know.
3. To safeguard yourself use a credit card when you shop online. The government has passed laws to protect consumers in the event of fraud. The amount the consumer is responsible for is really a mere $50.00 as compared to debit cards where the entire balance can be withdrawn by internet hackers.
4. Pay close attention for potential sales online starting as soon as Wednesday. Many brick and mortar stores do sales on the weekends, and to compete, many online retailers have moved their sales days up by several days. You can often find exceptional mid-week bargains with just a little online research.
5. When you are shopping on the web, make sure that you are only shopping on secure websites. Look in the website URL and it should display "https" as opposed to the usual "http" at the beginning. Always have an up-to-date copy of anti-virus running on your computer also. This will ensure that you have a safe online shopping experience.