1. When a company has a newsletter, register. Often, companies will give sneak peeks, special 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 should you really like their products and services and would use a discount code.
2. When you are searching for a spot to buy an item and none of the results seem to be from familiar retailers, you need to be hesitant about entering your information. Look for security signs from Verisign or Cybertrust, so you know the retailer is not to take your cash.
3. Before shopping from a store that is unfamiliar with 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 that so you may not find out the tough way and lose your cash.
4. Make sure to read all the information about any product you are considering purchasing. Just looking at a picture online can be deceiving sometimes. It can make a product look bigger or smaller than it is. Make sure to browse the description which means you know exactly what you are purchasing.
5. Never give out your Social Security number for 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 personal information to steal your identity. To prevent that, if you go on an online store site and see that as a requirement, usually do not buy everything from them and shop someplace else.