5 Things You Should not Do While Cyber Monday Shopping [List]
Cyber Monday is back tomorrow and so are individuals in cyber-space trying to steal your money.
You might be like millions of Americans who will take a little time from your work day on Monday and do a little on-line shopping on company time. Shhhh...I promise I won't rat you out! But, while you are seeking out bargains, beware of the internet fraudsters.
Here are 5 tips for Cyber Monday Shopping
1. Never click on a link in an E-mail. If you are like me, your hundred of emails from merchants offering sale items. Sure the deal looks tempting, but when you click on the link that was e-mailed to you, you get sent to a website that may not be genuine, Sure, the Email appears to come from a legitimate store, but any hacker with a half a brain can create an e-mail that looks 'legit" and my even have the store's logo contained within it. If you get such an e-mail, your best bet would be to go to the legitimate store's real website and browse from there. Don't click on the link!
2. Avoid the pop-ups. Unexpected pop-up windows often make an incredible low price offer on a product and should be avoided. Never click on anything in a pop-up. Make sure you have updated your antivirus software and ad a pop-up blocker to your browser (IE, Firefox, Chrome, etc...).
3. Use one or two designated credit cards for on-line shopping. This will allow you to easily catch fraudulent charges on your credit card.
4. Don't use a computer. Instead use a your phone or computer tablet when on-line shopping. You get more protection from viruses and pop-ups
5. Look for "https" .Https in the url when checking out online means the website you are shopping uses secure technology. If you only see "http" then the check-out is not secure.
USA Today reports that many high-end items on the itnternet are fakes
- MAC cosmetics
- Michael Kors bags
- OtterBox cases for iPhones
- Coach wallets
Internet websites, of course, can mimic what looks like a legitimate shopping site. So if a price sounds too good to be true when shopping on Cyber Monday, don't rush to hand over your credit card number.
Remember, if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.