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Preparing for Cyber Monday Shopping

Nov 26 2013

We’ve already got Black Friday simplified. The next step: tackling Cyber Monday. Before you let the stress take over your life, take a breather. Below, we’ve laid out the good, the bad, and the things to watch out for in your upcoming Cyber Monday purchasing sprees.  

 

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Survival Tips

  • Track the deals. Use CyberMonday.com to stay on top of all the web-wide deals.
  • Sign up for newsletters. If you plan to shop at a particular retailer, be sure to sign up for their e-newsletters to stay in the know about special deals and promotions.
  • Shop at sites that offer free shipping. Many, but not all, stores offer free shipping on Cyber Monday.
  • Order through a rewards site. If you access a store’s website through a rewards site, you’ll earn points or even cash for your efforts. Some site worth checking out: Upromise, MyPoints, FatWallet, and Ebates.
  • Compare prices. Before you place an order, use a price comparison website to make sure you’re getting the best deal.

Cyber Monday Safety

  • Make sure you’re buying from a trusted and secure site. Tip: the first thing you should do is look at the URL and make sure it says “https.”
  • Don’t click on URLs in emails. Emails claiming, “Awesome Cyber Monday deals here!” are most likely scams. If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • If shopping on a phone or tablet is your preference, make sure you only enter credit card information through trusted sites. Try to make purchases through password-protected Wi-Fi.
  • Use different passwords. Change up your word choice if you’re signing up on sites for checkout. This will make it more difficult for hackers to have access to all your information.
  • Make sure your anti-virus software is up-to-date.
  • Use the latest version of your browser. Most browsers offer pop-up protection which will prevent an accidental spam click.
  • If possible, try using a credit card. Debit cards are directly linked to your bank account, giving thieves more access than you want them to have. Credit cards typically have set limits and identity theft protection.
  • Most importantly: remember to have fun and find those great deals!

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What are some other Cyber Monday survival and safety tips? Drop us a line in the comments section!