Consumer Alert: Protecting your wallet and devices on Cyber Monday

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Although it’s called Cyber Monday, many times those deals extend well beyond Monday and that’s why experts say it’s important to do your research and make sure you’re getting the best discount possible and your personal information isn’t compromised.

Many ads promise deep discounts, but buyer beware, because your computer or mobile device can become a breeding ground for hackers.

It’s important to make sure you pay close attention to the virus software updates on your computer.

Experts say you should steer clear of online promotions that you get via text, social media or e-mail.  Just visit the store’s website to ensure you don’t fall prey to scammers looking to get your information through a fake site.

“They may ask you to install something, if you buy something and install this software you can get a discount,I would never do that,” said Professor Kevin Du, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University.

Also, don’t use public WiFi and always use a secure network and clear your browser history after a purchase.  You can also secure your cell phone with an anti-virus software app or a strong password.

Experts also urge using a credit card instead of a debit card because it offers more consumer protections.  

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