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Online Holiday Shopping Tips

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Two of the biggest shopping days of the year are coming up... Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Millions of Americans will be doing their holiday shopping with a click of the mouse.  But before you start clicking and hand over your credit card info, has several steps to protect yourself.

  • Never shop online from a public Wi-Fi connection.  Hackers can tap into hotspots, such as coffee shops, airports and hotels to capture your personal information.
  • Don't use your smart phone to shop.  Again, it can be a playground for hackers
  • Don't use your debit card.   It doesn't have the same liability protection as credit cards do.
  • Shop online only at known retailers.  Don't let a search engine pick a site for you because it could be bogus.

If you have a question or concern about an online retailer, check and see what the Better Business Bureau says about it. is also a good place to go to file a complaint.
Go here for more online holiday shopping safety tips.

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