Valdosta Daily Times

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November 25, 2012

Gear up for Cyber Monday

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— Wal-Mart touts savings up to $1,000 on Samsung 55-inch 3D television sets, and up to $400 on the smaller 40-inch (and non-3D) version, among other specials, according to Forbes.

— Amazon.com offers Cyber Monday deals with low prices and sales on electronics, videogames, DVDs and more.

— Visit kohls.com to preview Cyber Monday sales. If you sign up for email sale alerts, you will receive 10 percent off your next online purchase. You can sign up for mobile sale alerts when you text the promo code: SAVE07 to KOHLS (56457).

— Macy’s typically previews its sales on macys.com before Cyber Monday hits.

— When you shop Belk.com, don’t forget to check out its coupons tab for special deals and extra percentages off.

— BestBuy.com on Cyber Monday offers what it calls the best online sales of the year.

— Sears.com urges consumers to not “drop the snowball” and ticks out the “biggest sale of the year, online only.”

— Shop JC Penney’s cyber sales at jcp.com. It offers cyber deals on Sunday, Nov. 25, as well as Monday, Nov. 26. Penney’s also offers free shipping with no minimum through Cyber Monday.

With all of the technology advancements, Cyber Monday does come with a unique set of challenges. Even though you are shopping in the comfort of your home, less obvious dangers to your finances lurk.

Here are some basic steps to help consumers avoid risk, according to NBC news:

— Don’t open suspicious emails. This will help you avoid becoming a victim of key loggers and malware from phishing attacks.

— Never send unencrypted credit or debit card data in email.

— Ensure your system is free from malware and viruses by being up-to-date with security scans.

— Become familiar with your online merchants. Make sure they have a valid SSL (secure socket layer) web server certificate from a reputable supplier. If SSL is not enabled, don’t enter card details, as your data can be intercepted by hackers.

— Don’t enter card details if you are suspicious of a website or merchant.

Also, make sure your computer and mobile programs has secure passwords. Here is the list of the worst passwords, according to SplashData: Password, 123456, 12345678, qwerty, abc123, monkey, 1234567, letmein, trustno1, dragon, baseball, 111111, iloveyou, master, sunshine, ashley, bailey, password, shadow, 123123, 654321, superman, qazwsx, michael, and football.

If waking up at the crack of dawn and fighting the crowds isn’t your preferred shopping method, stay home and stay cozy because this year’s Cyber Monday deals are expected to be bigger than ever.

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