Move over Black Friday, Cyber Monday is here.
A growing number of shoppers prefer to log on to the internet for Cyber Monday to complete their holiday shopping instead of going to the mall.
"It's just easier you don't have to fight the crowds," said Connie Barnes. Barnes told FOX23 she enjoys shopping online because of the convenience factor and believes she can find better deals on Cyber Monday. "I think its a lot easier to do comparison shopping online."
However; shoppers should keep in mind that shopping online isn’t without risks.
“Just be aware,” said Cheryl Lawson the founder of Social Media Tulsa. Lawson told FOX23 shoppers should enjoy the convenience of Cyber Monday but should protect themselves against cyber crime.
“You want to make sure that the sites you visit are reputable before you start giving your personal information and your credit card,” said Lawson.
Lawson also recommends shopping from home and avoiding public networks. Steer clear of using airport networks or libraries which could be compromised with malware.
“Just make sure you shop from a certified website or they have a verified seal,” said Lawson.
Other helpful hints include:
- Don’t open unknown emails or advertisements which could be a phishing scam.
- Save all of your payment confirmations to your computer or print them off for your personal records.
- Change your passwords frequently.
- Make purchases with a credit card instead of debit card which is linked to your bank account.