10 Safety Tips for Black Friday & Cyber Monday Shopping

In November 17, 2016

We all love finding a great bargain on our favorite items, but we get even more excited over those Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on big ticket items. It is no secret that everyone who plans to shop at a physical store location normally goes in with a plan that involves safety tips for Black Friday.  All too often we hear stories about tragic events occurring due to large, un-managed crowds.  As a result, many shoppers no longer go to stores on Black Friday and instead wait to shop online on Cyber Monday. Regardless of how you choose to shop this holiday season, here are 10 safety tips for Black Friday and Cyber Monday to help keep you safe at a store and online.

 

Black Friday Safety Tips

  • Black Friday safety tips include being aware of your surroundings…even when you are in the store itself. Don’t leave your personal items unattended, keep a close eye on any children with you and never carry too many items at once. You should also keep a watchful eye when you are walking from the cash register to your car to load up your big buy. If you are alone, ask someone from the store to walk with you to your car to ensure your safety.
  • If you want to ensure that your credit cards are protected from any data breaches during this time, you should consider using a money order or a one-time use credit/debit/gift card.  For safety reasons, you should avoid bringing just cash with you for these purchases.
  • If you are going to different stores, don’t leave the packages in your car sitting in plain view to anyone who might walk past.. Put packages and any other valuables in the trunk.
  • If you are shopping with children, regardless of  their age, be sure they have your cell and/or home phone number memorized in case you are separated. You should also plan a central place to meet in the event that you are separated.
  • Pack a bottle of water and some light snacks for your shopping trip. This will help prevent you from experiencing any dehydration or extreme fatigue.

Cyber Monday Safety Tips

  • Do not click on a Cyber Monday email if you do not know the sender’s email. This is by far one of the oldest and most successful ways that online scammers get information online from strangers. If you are signed up for your favorite brand’s email list, you are familiar with what their email address looks like – because they value your security, they will not be changing it for Cyber Monday!
  • Use a credit card for your online purchases versus other payment methods. Almost all credit cards have fraud protection, meaning if there is a data breach and your card’s information is taken, you won’t be held responsible for any of the charges. If you are involved in a fraud situation, your credit card provider will handle this and send you a new credit card. The same courtesies may not be extended from other online payment methods like an electronic transfer from your bank account.
  • Shop with brands you know and trust and stay away from deals that seem too-good-to-be-true. If you see a company you’ve never heard of offering a brand new iPad for 80% off, chances are it is a scam. Stay away from these kinds of sites and deals.
  • Look for secure websites and checkouts. A secure website will have https:// in the URL. The “s” in http is what lets you know the site is secure. While sites that don’t have this can be safe, it offers an extra layer of protection to online shoppers.
  • Avoid purchasing counterfeit products by reading manufacturer information of the product you’re interested in buying.

 

These 10 Black Friday and Cyber Monday safety tips will help you have a successful haul this holiday discount season. While many of these tips seem like common sense, it is easy to get swept up in the moment when you are in a rush. Following these steps will help keep your shopping trip smooth and quick. From VitalChek to you, stay safe on Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

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