Cyber Monday is coming up. That's when online retailers offer specials the Monday after Thanksgiving. 100 million shoppers took part last year. But as people get more comfortable buying online, it's important not to let your guard down against fraud.
Every year, millions of dollars are lost through online shopping fraud. The scams range from fake stores selling bogus merchandise you never receive to getting something different from what you ordered to having your personal information compromised.
"You want to verify a website is secure when you do purchases. That's usually what that lock at the bottom or the https within the browser section of the Internet. You want to make sure that's there before you give your personal information," Jim David of the Better Business Bureau said.
Look for HTTPS at the beginning of the URL. This indicates information you share is being encrypted.
Learn more about how your web browser can protect you from unsecure websites:
• Internet Explorer 8 Safety Features
• Firefox Phishing & Malware Protection
• Apple Safari Security & Privacy Features
• Google Chrome Privacy & Security Settings