Private Detective: BBB Offers Advice For Cyber Monday Security

Cyber Monday is one of the biggest days of the year for online sales. According to Adobe’s 2016 Digital Insights Shopping Predictions, the unofficial holiday is expected to bring up $3.36 billion in sales.

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

When shopping online, take your time and make sure to read the fine print before submitting your order. That includes store return policies.

Before sending any personal, sensitive information, such as your credit card, make sure to look out to see if a 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.

The BBB recommends shopping with a credit card as they offer more consumer fraud protections than debit cards.

Also be wary of phishing scams. A popular one this time of years is an email claiming to be from a package-delivery company with links to fake tracking information. Never give personal information on an unfamiliar link.

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