5 online shopping safety tips for Cyber Monday

For the consumer who doesn't like crowds and avoided Black Friday, there's a sale for you. Many retailers are offering discounts if you shop online today. The day has become known as Cyber Monday.
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For the consumer who doesn't like crowds and avoided Black Friday, there's a sale for them. It's called Cyber Monday. Many retailers are offering discounts if you shop online today, but there's a few things to keep in mind. 

Here are five tips for a safe online shopping experience: 

  1. Bookmark reliable online shopping sites: Relying on search engine results can lead you to malicious sites.
  2. Ignore suspicious offers via email: Three out of four spam attachments are malicious in nature. These emails may contain malicious links or file attachments that lead to system infection.
  3. Verify unbelievable offers: Spam and online ads offering unbelievable promos and discounts can lead to web threats.
  4. Double check payment site URLs: Phishers trick users into giving out personal information using fake pages. Be careful, two of the most commonly phished sites are eBay and Paypal.
  5. After you have made your purchase, check your billing statements to monitor transactions: Immediately report any discrepancy to your bank.

(Source: Trend Micro)

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