Cyber Monday was created for those who don’t want to face the long lines and shopping rage on Black Friday. Online retailers market their best holiday deals so shoppers don’t have to venture out to the stores. If you’re the type to get all of your holiday shopping done in the comfort of your home, try to shop online with companies you know and trust. If you are familiar with a site, do a background check and look at reviews. Also, consider using a one-time or limited use credit card.

How to Stay Safe on Cyber Monday

  • Check a website’s reputation before making a purchase. Look for complaints filed with the Attorney General or Better Business Bureau and do a basic internet search with the website’s name and the word “scam” to look for potential red flags.
  • Keep your computer, smart phone, tablets and any other device you use for shopping updated with the latest security software, programs and applications.
  • Be skeptical of “free” offers, especially if you have provided your credit card number for shipping and hands handling. You may start to receive monthly charges when the free trial period ends unless you directly cancel.
  • Make sure a website is secure before entering your information. The website address should say “https”. The “s” indicates that the connection is secure.
  • Only give out personal information that is necessary to complete the transaction.
  • Look for the refund policy. Review the terms and conditions carefully before purchasing.
  • Check your account regularly. This may help you identify fraudulent changes or identify theft.

OccuMed Cyber Sales

Don’t forget to consider shopping online at OccuMed of New England and United Alliance Services, our sister company, where we provide a secure website and great customer support. Check out our discounted online courses available for Cyber Monday by visiting our open enrollment calendar. Use the discount code UASC10 to save 10% on all online classes.