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10 Tips for Safe Shopping on Cyber Monday

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Before you shop online on Cyber Monday, take a few steps to ensure a safe and secure shopping experience:

  1. Check the URL address for a padlock symbol and make sure it is secure (also check for the “s” in “https”).
  2. Keep your antivirus software updated.
  3. Frequently update and differentiate all your passwords to maintain a “healthy” password hygiene.
  4. Never click on a link in an email if you are not familiar with the sender.
  5. Use a security code and keep your mobile phone “locked” at all times.
  6. Verify any downloaded apps are from a trusted source. Read permissions carefully before you download.
  7. Enable text message verification for your accounts if possible.
  8. Shop online with a secure network connection, not on public WiFi. Disable automatic WiFi connectivity.
  9. Check your credit card statement frequently for charges that you don’t recognize.
  10. Don’t Panic! Report any suspicious activity to your bank or credit card company as soon as possible, and they will walk you through all necessary steps to solve a problem.

Happy Shopping!

PS: Don't forget to click through BeFrugal before you shop for cash back, online coupons and deals!

Photo thanks to Faruk Ateş on Flickr.

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