Preparing for Cyber Monday

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 9:58am

With the busiest online shopping day of the year approaching, experts have some tips for consumers on how to keep personal information safe.

With Halloween just around the corner, most of us have ghouls and goblins on the brain.

But some are already looking ahead to another holiday season, with a jump-start on Christmas shopping, or at least preparing for Cyber Monday deals.

There are a few things to keep in mind as you surf the web, to keep your money safe and yourself jolly.

Inside secure air-conditioned rooms at Neospire's Dallas headquarters, sophisticated equipment keeps websites protected and running.

And many of their clients are already thinking about Cyber Monday.

"It’s huge for our customers, it's growing in importance every year so planning is so key,” said Mitch Gervis, of neospire managed hosting.

Neospire's CEO says online retailers start to see an increase in online shopping traffic in early November.

But the Monday immediately after Black Friday has proven to be one of the biggest online shopping days of the year, with retailers kicking off the season with special promotions.

"It’s so easy to shop. It's so much easier than going store to store to store to find out what's the best deal out there...they just shop online, they know what's coming when, and they go complete the transaction on cyber Monday," said Gervis.

If you plan to shop online, make sure you protect yourself.

Make sure the site you're visiting is secure.

Look for an "s" after the letter h-t-t-p in the web address.

"The 's' is for secure site, that means that the website you're visiting has an SSL certificate, that means the site has been verified by a third party provider that they are who they say they are," Gervis explained.

Also, make sure you have antivirus protection, choose strong passwords, and use credit, rather than debit cards.

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