Cyber Monday Safety Tips

November 27, 2017

It's here! Shoppers can take advantage of Cyber Monday because of the 24-hour convenience that online offers.

Customers are able to avoid the crowds that Black Friday brings and they appreciate the sales and delivery specials that online retailers offer.

While shopping online, it’s important to remember to do your research and shop securely. Below are some trends and tips from the BBB to help make your online shopping a safe and successful one.

TIPS

Make Sure Your Family Shops Safe

  1. Parental control: There is software you can install on your kids’ and teens’ computers and mobile devices to limit the websites they can access.

  2. Hackers like kids IDs: Since kids and teens usually have good credit, hackers are always on the lookout for their information. This can allow hackers to obtain credit cards and more. Talk to your family about the importance of not giving out personal information in soliciting emails or social media.

  3. Email phishing: Teach your teens and young adults on how to catch email phishing.

  4. Looking out for scams: Young people tend to shop based on what their peers or celebrities are wearing or using. Scammers will try to lure them to click on links such as “free Kylie products,” “free concerts,” “free game” and more. If it’s too good to be true do not click.

  5. HTTP and HTTPS: Before sending any personal and sensitive information, make sure the website has “https://” at the beginning of its web address.  The “S” at the end of HTTPS indicates that the website is secure because it is encrypted, which makes it safe to enter credit card or other personal information.

     

     

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