If you stay home on Black Friday, you can avoid the mobs of shoppers and getting elbowed by strangers. But shopping online isn't entirely safe, either.
With so much money exchanging virtual hands, and the growing threat of cyber crime, it’s important to take precautions. In the first 18 days of this November, online spending surpassed last year’s figure for the same number of days by 16% — reaching $10.1 billion in online transactions alone, according to research by comScore. If this is any indiction of how Cyber Monday online transactions will be, it’s safe to say shoppers should be extra aware of online threats. Mobile shoppers should be wary, too — mobile shopping has increased by 300% in the last year, making protection against viruses and malware key for safe shopping from your device.