On November 28, American shoppers are set to participate in what’s expected to be the largest Cyber Monday shopping frenzy to date, surpassing last year’s record sales of $3 billion—and fraudsters are ready to cash in on it.
Consumers hitting the web for Cyber Monday deals are at a high risk of identity theft and hacking, with thousands of unsafe and malicious websites posing as vendors. According to a recent CNET survey, one in four holiday gift shoppers has been a victim of an online hack in the past 12 months.
With attacks becoming more pervasive and sophisticated, consumers have to be cautious when looking for deals online. Here are 15 ways to protect yourself this Cyber Monday while shopping online, so you can take advantage of deals while keeping your credit cards and bank accounts safe.