First, and this is really important, use safe Internet security practices to make sure you are at the site you want and that you have a secure Internet connection. (See, How does Internet security work?) Also, never enter credit card or personal banking or investment account information on a computer that is not currently protected by anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Finally, it’s probably not a good idea to enter credit card or personal banking or investment account information from a public hotspot. (See, Are wireless connections at hotspots safe?)
Part two: Can you trust the online retailer? See, How do I know if I can trust a Web site?