Brokers may allow clients to fund accounts online with a credit card, via ACH payment or via PayPal, or with a wire transfer, bank checkor any other payment system.
Different countries have varying regulatory bodies and requirements so you should do your due diligence and confirm that your broker of choice has proper regulation. You can always verify the compliance of a broker by checking their website as well as the website of the respective regulator(s).
You want a platform that has all the features and capabilities you’re looking for to succeed at trading. Metatrader 4 is currently considered as the most stable, fast and user-friendly platform on the market. You can open a demo account with any broker and test the platform before the live trading.
Dedicated account manager is a huge advantage for a beginner trader. On the first step you may have issues with technical aspects of trading, and here is the moment when the broker should give a helping hand. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions to a customer support manager. If you do not get a response in time - it might be a good idea to switch to another broker.
Find information about the broker history. Check if broker has any fines/penalties with regulators, security commissions or courts. Clean reputation is a good guaranty for secure trading.