Cyber Monday is expected to have the largest online sales of the year for the U.S. Adobe estimates the revenue to generate $2.6 billion in sales. As a result, cyber criminals will do their best on Monday to take advantage of the many shoppers online by stealing their information. Shop.org expects an increase of sales by 11% from last year. Clothes, shoes, and beauty deals actually have a better discount on cyber Monday than on Thanksgiving or Black Friday. For shoppers to better protect their information, do not clink on any links sent via email. Type in the address of the website instead of clinking on any links. It is easier to steal your credit card information by clinking on links. Also, avoid clicking on pop ups while surfing the internet. Protect your computer by having the most recent anti-spyware software and secure firewall. It is better to use a credit card over a debit card because shoppers can always dispute the charges if they don’t receive the items. Most card holders have “zero liability” policies where the cardholder pays nothing if someone steals the credit card number and uses it. Remember to always look at your credit card statements properly at the end of the month. If anything looks suspicious call the company listed on the charge. Shop only at websites you are familiar with. Looking at many websites to find the best deals is what cyber criminals prefer. If there is a website you are questioning, check the name on the Better Business Bureau to confirm the company is legitimate. Make sure “https” in the web address has the “s” at the end of “http.” If it’s “http” cyber criminals have a better chance to steal information. Use complex passwords if websites require you to create an account, and at the end of the purchase review the information. Document your purchases by printing orders placed online. Follow these simple steps and your information will be more secure from identity theft!