Tips to keep safe while shopping Cyber Monday
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) —
The holiday shopping continues with Cyber Monday.
But while you are hunting the Web for good deals, hackers will also be lurking online.
Shannon Wilkinson, president of Axiom Cyber Solutions, gave Eyewitness News some advice on how to keep safe while online shopping. First, she said if a deal sounds “too good to be true," it probably is.
"It's a common tactic to offer you a really great deal to lure you to a website that's not necessarily the retailer you need to be shopping with," she said.
When shopping online, she suggests using retailers that you are familiar with, such as Amazon, Walmart or Target.
However, if you are going to use smaller retailers, make sure do some research and read reviews to make sure it’s a legitimate business.
"Just spending a couple extra minutes to check on other people’s experiences with those retailers can save you a lot of heartache in the end," she said.
Wilkinson also advised to use a credit card, not a debit card.
And, don't give out your Social Security number, she warned.
"Social Security is a huge red flag for shopping. You should never have to give out Social Security unless you’re applying for credit. ... So if you are placing an order or applying for a rewards program, never give up Social Security," she said.