El Paso, TX — Shoppers often participate in Cyber Monday because of the 24-hour convenience that online offers, they are able to avoid the crowds that Black Friday brings, and they appreciate the sales and delivery specials that online retailers offer. While shopping online, it’s important to remember to do your research and shop securely. Below are some trends and tips to help make your online shopping a safe and successful one.
Make Sure Your Family Shops Safe
- Parental control: There is software you can install on your kids’ and teens’ computers and mobile devices to limit the websites they can access.
- Hackers like kids IDs: Since kids and teens usually have good credit, hackers are always on the lookout for their information. This can allow hackers to obtain credit cards and more. Talk to your family about the importance of not giving out personal information in soliciting emails or social media.
- Email phishing: Teach your teens and young adults on how to catch email phishing. Click here for more info.
- Looking out for scams: Young people tend to shop based on what their peers or celebrities are wearing or using. Scammers will try to lure them to click on links such as “free Kylie products,” “free concerts,” “free game” and more. If it’s too good to be true do not click.
- HTTP and HTTPS: Before sending any personal and sensitive information, make sure the website has “https://” at the beginning of its web address. The “S” at the end of HTTPS indicates that the website is secure because it is encrypted, which makes it safe to enter credit card or other personal information.
Online Shopping: Cyber Monday achieved a new record with $3.45 billion spent online.
Going Mobile: 47% percent of all website visits came from mobile devices — mostly smartphones — and contributed 31 percent of sales.
Search: Search ads drove 38.5 percent of sales on Cyber Monday.
Desktop Search: Desktops accounting for 53 percent of visits and 69 percent of sales.
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