Before giving any personal or financial information online, look at the address line to make sure that the “http” has changed to “https” or shttp” at the page where you are asked to type in your payment information. Check to see if there is a tiny locked padlock at the bottom right of the screen.
Be wary if asked for your Social Insurance Number, bank account numbers or your mother’s maiden name. Some reputable companies may ask for your interest by having you check certain boxes, however this information should not be required in order to complete a transaction.
Choose your password carefully. Do not use your login password when making purchases, and never give out your passwords.
Paying by credit card is the safest and quickest way to shop online.
Print a copy of your order confirmation in case you have any problems with your purchase. Also check for a customer service phone number in the event that problems arise.