Cyber Monday sales are expected to reach $2 billion. So, how can you keep your family safe when shopping online?
The Better Business Bureau and the FBI have several rules of thumb for cyber safety:
To avoid scams and fraud,
-Shop from reputable sellers
-Check the company's privacy policies
-Look for an "s" in the browser bar to read, “HTTPS”
-Use a secure WiFi when browsing away from home
-Use credit, not debit cards, because credit card payments can be withheld if there's a dispute with a store. If the card is stolen, you won't pay more than $50 in fraudulent charges.
For personal safety,
-Plan ahead and make a list to avoid impulse buys
-Check shipping details, to avoid disappointment
-Keep track of receipts in case things don't show up
-Know the company's return policy and look for product warranties
-Be careful of event tickets and digital assets, because sometimes they cannot be passed to other people.