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Cyber Monday deals abound — but be careful!

November 26th, 2012

Embarking on a Cyber Monday shopping excursion is a lot like embarking on any other adventure. You want to know where the treasure is and you need to know where the dangers are.

So here’s a short list to guide you.

Seek these:
Staples, up to 4% Cash Back (was 3%, for 1% Extra Cash Back)
-Up to 70% off during Staples’ Cyber Monday event
We understand that Staples’ Cyber Monday deals on desktops and cameras are particularly good.

Walmart, 6% Cash Back (was 1.5%, for 4.5% Extra Cash Back)
-Free shipping on eligible Top Toys

Roku, 3.5% Cash Back
-25% off Refurbished Rokus and Roku 2XS players

Avoid these:
Public wi-fi hot spots
-According to a McAfee study, more than half of Americans plan to use their cell phones for holiday shopping. Be aware that when you’re not using your own secured wi-fi connection, bad guys and gals might be collecting your data.

Offers that sound too good to be true
-One current scam, according to the Washington Post, involves a “Platinum Card for Cyber Monday” offer. Don’t click on it if it pops up on your screen – it will infect your device with malware.

Stealing time from your employer to shop
-Check out from work before you start cyber shopping, and be very, very careful before you click on a site. You wouldn’t want to infect your company’s computer system. One way to be safe, by the way, is to do your Cyber Monday shopping through ShopAtHome.com.  On lunch hour, of course.

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