Black Friday Safety Tips

Black Friday is not only the busiest shopping day of the year but also the deadliest shopping day of the year. Although many companies have begun pushing back their hours of operation, 2016 marked the deadliest Black Friday in eight years, with 3 related deaths and 7 injuries. As well as deadly, “more thefts occur on Black Friday when compared to any other day of the year.” With a day that has truly earned its name in history, it’s best to be prepared for the dangers of Black Friday.

1) Don’t fight or argue for items: Arguing for an item can lead to violent consequences. The discounted prices probably aren’t worth criminal charges or serious injuries.
2) Secure your wallet: Make sure your wallet is somewhere that is out of reach from strangers. Back pockets can be especially vulnerable. Instead, consider something with a zipper.
3) Store things in the trunk if possible: Leaving shopping bags in plain sight inside your car can lead to potential break-ins. We recommend locking your bags in the trunk instead.
4) Save your receipts: It’s always a good idea to review your bank statement and credit card activity when making a lot of purchases. It’s important to make sure there’s no discrepancy between your statements and the purchases you made. If something doesn’t appear right, don’t hesitate to contact your bank immediately.

Cyber Monday Security Tips

Cyber Monday offers a great alternative to the outrageous lines and dangerous crowds of Black Friday. Rather than spending Thanksgiving outside of a Walmart waiting for it to open, customers can simply go online Monday to obtain similar deals. Unfortunately, Cyber Monday isn’t completely safe either. Credit card fraud has affected a whopping 46% of Americans over the past 5 years and accounts for an estimated $24.71 billion in 2016 alone. As the busiest online shopping day of the year, it’s far better to be safe than sorry.

1)Use a secure computer: Make sure the computer being used is protected by a reputable security software system. Look at a few suggestions and rankings online to make sure your security software is reliable.
2)Use a secure connection: Make sure there is the HTTPS lock symbol in the web browser address window. A grey padlock with a red line through it indicates it is only partially protected and would not recommend providing personal or card information.
3)Use trusted sites: Established and trusted vendors are less likely to be attacked by hackers. Although cyber attacks can occur on any site, a larger and more recognizable company usually has the resources to limit those potential threats.
4)Be cautious of clicking links: Don’t click links for deals that seem to-go-to-be-true or to unknown domains. During this busy online shopping day, hackers are especially eager to gain access to your computer and there is no easy way then you allow them in. By clicking an unknown link, you could be opening the door right into your computer to a hacker.
5)Regularly check bank statements: If there is a transaction that you don’t remember making, contact your bank immediately. Don’t be afraid to be mistaken about a purchase you simply forgot. It’s better to be safe than sorry and your bank will appreciate your awareness and concern.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are great days for purchasing Holiday gifts.Although dangerous, they can be enjoyed safely by following these tips. Share this article and spread the message. Stop the trend and help make this Black Friday and Cyber Monday the safest yet, instead of the most dangerous.