New scams are created everyday to get your credit card information. It seems that everyone knows someone who had his or her credit card information stolen. However, there are a few back to basics ways to keep yourself and your information from falling into the wrong hands.
First, never give out your card information via e-mail. Legitimate companies do not send out e-mails asking for your information to re-process a transaction. Also, be wary of entering any information after clicking on a link through an e-mail you have received. These are often phishing scams. Next, try signing up for PayPal. It is a worldwide payment system that is secure and safe. PayPal acts as a middleman between you and the online company you are purchasing from, that way you do not have to give up your credit card information.
If you travel often, think of getting a card with added security features such as a card with a photo ID on the back. This should keep most people from being able to use it.