Shop Safe on Cyber Black Friday

Be Secure When Shopping Online this Cyber Black Friday.

Cyber Black Friday recommends the free version of AVG Anti-Virus software to scan your computer and keep you safe while shopping online. AVG is a global security software maker protecting more than 110 million consumers and small businesses in 170 countries from the ever-growing incidence of Web threats, viruses, spam, cyber-scams and hackers on the Internet.

Cyber Black Friday wants you to remember these tips:

1. Retailers will NOT contact you via email and ask for your social security number, credit card, or other personal information. When in doubt, call the retailer directly.

2. Don’t shop online from an unsecured WiFi hotspot like a café. Anyone can see your username and password to any website you access.

3. Only purchase from sites that offer secure browsing (SSL/https). You can tell if a site uses SSL/https if there is a padlock icon on the bottom corner or in the address bar of your browser.

4. Install all available operating system updates and patches. Cyber criminals are particularly skilled at exploiting critical vulnerabilities in operating systems and commonly used applications.

5. Use AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition, it’s ideal for most consumers.

6. Free Gift Cards to by signing up at a URL that includes the name of the major retailer. This is always a scam and may even be posted on your unsuspecting friend’s Facebook pages.