Adobe says more than half of the clicks to store websites will come from a smartphone this holiday season. “You can check them out easily by just going to BBB.org or put the name of the company into Google and after the name of the company put the word scam”.
“What happens is that a lot of these websites will track what you were looking at and what you were thinking of buying”, she said.
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“Make sure you have an email with a confirmation”, Ames said. “And, it’s actually easier, these days, to tell, because you have all these other review sites and social media sites”.
It comes on the heels of a record $7.9 billion in online sales over Black Friday and Thanksgiving Day combined.
A year ago nearly 47% of all website visits come from mobile devices, mostly smart phones, and contributed to 31% of sales. Apps designed by businesses are often more secure. Check out the company first, confirm its web address, and type it in yourself. There, you will be guided through a process that will help keep your identity and personal information secure.
If you see a brand you’ve never heard of, but the item has hundreds of glowing reviews, you might feel like you’ve stumbled upon a lucky secret. Do not respond to requests to “verify” your password or credit card information unless you initiated the contact.
Parker says, hackers gain access to personal information using many different avenues and they are constantly trying new ways to get in to databases.