Cyber Monday in full effect

News Center 23

POSTED: Monday, December 2, 2013 - 5:08pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 8:28am

Black Friday might be over, but the deals aren't stopping. Cyber Monday is officially in action and that means internet retailers are preparing for a lot more clicks today:

"It's pretty much the same...even better deals than one got on Black Friday," said Best Buy advanced repair agent Gery Jara-Siller.

But unlike Black Friday, stores won't get as much traffic as their online counterparts:

"We really don't see that much of the action," said Jara-Siller. "The ones who actually see the action would be the people who actually pick up the orders, um, get the people, and you know, give them the product that they finished ordering."

But most recently, as we've seen with government sites like the Obamacare website, hackers are learning new ways to steal your personal information - including credit cards, social security number, email information and more.

"You do want to go to a specific website that actually is a safe website," said Jara-Siller. "Something that you recognize. Don't go off to a you know, strange website, where they offer you this too good to be true kinda deal. Well obviously, you know, the rule of thumb: it is too good to be true. Either, you get the order, you get all your-they get all your information, and the product never comes but they have all your information."

Checking your address bar for "https" is another simple way to make sure you have a safe connection. Asking credit card companies to put daily spending limits on your account can also help. But Siller says anytime you shop online, you're taking a gamble.

"Unfortunately...that's what you get with technology. I mean, you've gotta be extra careful."

Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.


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