11 Tips For Cyber Monday Shoppers On Facebook

Following Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and a day of recovery Sunday, Cyber Monday lurks. Here are 11 tips for safe shopping online.

Following Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and a day of recovery Sunday, Cyber Monday lurks. Here are 11 tips for safe shopping online.

An 11 for ’11 List, from Facebook commerce vendor SortPrice.com goes like this:

  1. Be thorough in your research by utilizing all of the resources the Internet provides, particularly social media networks, to compare prices and search for online-only bargains that guarantee you’ll save money.
  2. Update your home computer’s anti-virus software and security tools before you start shopping, and if using a wireless connection, make sure it’s encrypted with a password.
  3. Don’t Procrastinate! Prices and inventories change quickly online this time of year, so to ensure that you get what you’re looking for, shop and order early.
  4. Carefully review every online retailer’s terms and conditions, as well as their return policies, as they vary industrywide.
  5. Beware of certain promotional emails requesting personal information or promising a special deal. Usually, if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  6. Create or update new online passwords that are unique and difficult to steal — avoid pet names, birthdays, etc., and incorporate numbers and characters.
  7. Use credit cards instead of debit cards, as you’ll be better protected from fraud and face less liability in the event of your card number being stolen.
  8. Shop only on certifiably secure websites: look for web addresses beginning with https:// and double check that you’re on a secure connection before entering personal information.
  9. Be smart about where you disclose personal information — including phone numbers, addresses, and financial information — and avoid doing business with unverifiable entities.
  10. Look for delivery guarantees from online retailers and always keep hard copies of email confirmations of orders and delivery statuses.
  11. Seek out the freebies that some retailers include on orders of a particular size or volume; keep them for yourself or use them as stocking stuffers.

Readers: Will you still have enough left in the tank to partake in Cyber Monday?