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8 safety tips for the Cyber Monday shop-a-thon

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You may have stayed home with your helmet and kneepads this Black Friday, preferring to play it safe by buying online come what is usually considered the beginning of the work week, but that doesn’t mean danger isn’t lurking near that online cart.

Kate Freeman at Mashable has eight tips for staying safe online that you may want to pass on to that relative you convinced to give it a try. Remember, there’s a good chance you’ll have to see them again in a month.

1. Make sure your antivirus and malware protection software is up to date. Also check to see if you have afirewall installed on your computer.

2. Update your browser. “When shopping online, make sure to use the latest brand named browser available for your system, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Internet Explorer, as the latest versions of each have increased safeguards to prevent adware, spyware, and phishing attempts,” said Otte. “Having an updated antivirus or anti-malware is essential when preventing fraud. Both the browsers, as well as approved antivirus programs offer some type of verification of websites, making sure they are the original site and not a spoofed one.”

Full story at Mashable.

Safe shopping.

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