More than 121 million Americans plan to shop on Monday, which has been dubbed “Cyber Monday” because of the high volume of online holiday shoppers, according to the National Retail Federation.
Consumer advocates recommend shoppers take a few precautions, however, to protect their personal finances while making those online purchases.
U.S. Bank and others recommend using secure websites, which are marked by URL addresses that begin with “https” as opposed to “http.” They also discourage sending payment information or credit card numbers by email.
The Illinois Attorney General’s office recommends gathering as much information as possible on a website or company before making purchases through them or sharing personal information.
The Better Business Bureau has also developed a quiz that can help shoppers brush up on their knowledge of online security and business practices.