Chris Lewis

Nov 21 2018

4 Shopping Tips for Cyber Monday

Shopping Tips for Cyber Monday

If you’re like many Americans, you’ve done some Black Friday shopping, but are now looking for Cyber Monday deals to complete your holiday gift list. As you shop online for deals this Cyber Monday, please keep the following tips in mind.

Shop Safely Online

When shopping online, be sure your computer and mobile devices are current with the latest software updates. Any time your browser or operating system can be updated, you should do so to help minimize vulnerabilities on your device.

You can also help protect your personal information by checking the site’s security settings and privacy policy. If the site is secure, its address should start with https://. Depending on your browser, you might also see a lock icon next to the URL indicating the site’s security. Do not purchase anything online that doesn’t come from an https:// website.

Additionally, consider using a legitimate online payment service so the seller or website doesn’t obtain your credit or debit card number.

Be Cautious of Emails

This is a popular time for fraudsters and scammers sending malicious emails with fake great offers. Remember not to respond to emails asking for your credit card, debit card, bank account numbers, or other personal information. If you are asked to update information, navigate to the official company website to update your information or call their customer service to check the legitimacy of the email. When it doubt, throw it out.

Be Aware of Text Scams

A text message scam is similar to an email scam, but it targets your mobile phone instead of your computer. Common text message scams promise free gifts or products in order to gain access to your personal information. Also, be aware of fraudsters sending text messages claiming your credit/debit card has been stopped or your bank account information needs to be updated. They attempt to lure you in to providing personal bank information. If you receive a message like this, always contact your bank or credit card provider first and do not respond to the texts.

Be Aware of Gift Card Scams

There are several different types of gift card scams out there which give headaches to retailers and customers alike. Gift card scams happen most frequently via online auction sites or classified ad sites. If you’re buying gift cards, it’s best to get them directly from the retailer.

While shopping this Cyber Monday and throughout the holiday season, keep in mind that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. For more information on privacy, identity, and online security, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website at

Chris Lewis

About Chris Lewis

Chris Lewis is an Information Security Officer at Hills Bank. He joined Hills Bank in 2013 and has over 10 years banking experience. He specializes in Cybersecurity, Fraud & Identify Theft Prevention, and mobile device security. Chris can be reached at

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