With Black Friday and Small Business Saturday over, and consumers returning to work many people will now turn to their computers to continue their holiday shopping. It's called Cyber Monday and there tends to be deeper discounts and many sites offer free shipping.
More than 50% of consumers plan to log in and do their shopping on-line this year using promotional codes. Sites like Amazon.com , Overstock.com and CyberMonday.com are offering hundreds of dollars in savings with "door buster" deals.
With all those shoppers logging in Rhode Island's Attorney General, Peter Kilmartin and the Consumer Protection Unit are offering some tips on how to keep your identity and personal information safe.
Make sure that you have anti-virus or anti-spyware and that you have a secure firewall
Use secure web sites. Those are the ones that begin with https
Do not click on a link from an unknown source
Shop web sites from retailers you know and trust
Pay by credit card in case you need to dispute the bill or withhold payments
Print your transactions and keep a paper trail
As for the four day holiday weekend at the stores, retailers got shoppers out, but failed to motivate them to spend. Shoppers shelled out close to 10 billion dollars at stores across the U.S., but sales were 13.2% lower than last year.