Security Expert Talks About How to Stay Safe on Cyber Monday

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- More than 120 million Americans are expected to shop online on Cyber Monday.

But while you surf for deals, scammers are surfing for victims. Jack O'Neill, a student at James Madison University, is careful when he shops online.

"Typically I'll do a lot of browsing for like kind of technology stuff like computers and game systems and when I do that, I'll go to like trusted retailers..so like Amazon or Best Buy," said O'Neill.

Regardless of how good the deal is, O'Neill won't buy from an unfamiliar website.

"Like TVs and really good prices on things but I just, if I haven't heard of it..from a friend or from a trusted source I won't go on there," said O'Neill.

Security experts at Total Technology Management said that's one way to protect your information.

"You want to watch out for those websites of companies that you don't know, the ones that you can't find legitimate reviews of, the ones that don't have contact information," said Master Technician Stacy Moomaw.

Moomaw works with businesses to make sure information isn't shared. Moomaw recommends protecting your computer before you even start shopping.

"Big thing is that you want to make sure your virus protection is updated, you want to make sure that in your browsers that the phishing schemes is turned enabled," said Moomaw.

If you're not sure about a link, you can verify it at Getlinkinfo.com. That website will have a description of the site you type in along with site logos.

Moomaw said before you go for what looks to be a great deal, be sure and take your time.

"Do your research check the reviews, see how other people have dealt with them before you go and give them your personal information," said Moomaw.

You can also check to see if a site is secure by looking at the address box at the top of your browser. The secure portion will read "https://" at the beginning of the web address.

The Better Business Bureau recommends paying with your credit card instead of a debit card. When you pay with a credit card, you have a better chance of disputing any odd charges.

Once you've ordered, there may be a confirmation page or a confirmation e-mail. The Better Business Bureau recommends saving a copy of that to use if something happens with your order.


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