Tips to avoid Cyber Monday scams, identity theft

(WXYZ) - We know buying online is a time saver and convenient but is it safe?

The holiday shopping center has arrived and we want to share some tips to help you avoid Cyber Monday scams.

According to Forrester Research, online shopping this holiday season is expected to generate $59.5 billion dollars.

Based on the responses of 2,322 US online shoppers, a Pricegrabber's survey says 90% of consumers will shop online anbd Cyber Monday can be an ideal time for hackers to commit fraud and identity theft on unsuspecting victims.

Zone Alarm - a company that focuses specifically on digital consumer security - says customers can be targeted through fraudulent emails, e-cards and phishing schemes. 

But this year they say social media is a main focus for cyber criminals.

Before you start clicking:

  • Install, update and activate your security software
  • Use strong and unique passwords by including letters numbers and symbols
  • Only connect to WIFI networks you know are secure
  • Avoid links and popups, instead type a company's url directly into your browser
  • Only shop secure sites by looking for addresses that start with "https" and include a small padlock icon
  • Check for third party seals of approval like "Truste" and "Better Business Bureau"

Finally remember; if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. For more detailed tips on how to avoid Cyber Monday scams check out Mashable.

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