(WMC-TV) – If black Friday crowds were not your cup of tea, cyber Monday might be a little more your speed. But if you are going to shop online, safety is key.
Whether you will be using your computers at work or at home, here are a few ways you can safeguard your sensitive and personal information that online thieves are ready to get their hands on.
While you are shopping online, confirm the website is secure before entering any information.
Also, be sure to pay with a credit card. Doing so will offer more protections than debit cards.
Check your statements regularly to make sure the only charges are ones you have made.
Keep a record of order confirmations and receipts. This is important for everyone, but extremely crucial for those who will be using a smart phone or tablet.
And remember, you should not use public Wi-Fi. Only use secure connections.
Lock your devices with a password so data is protected, even when your phone is out of your hands.
And you should only also work with apps from trusted sources.
Keep in mind, the National Retail Federation says about four in 10 retailers will offer free shipping, with no conditions attached. This will help you save even more money in the end.