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Happy Cyber Monday

posted Dec 1, 2014, 7:46 AM by Craig Cox   [ updated Dec 5, 2014, 7:57 AM ]
Updated 12/5 (See below)

First up, a list of quick tips for protecting your money, phone and identity.  This isn't just about shopping online, it's also about using your smart phone to get better deals in stores.

Here's a summary from Popular Science about how brick-and-mortar stores are trying to catch up to web shopping, in terms of watching how you shop so as to get more interesting merchandise in front of you -- leading to better revenue, naturally.  Among other sources, they link to an older article from the New York Times with more detail.  It's particularly interesting how some merchants are tracking your cell phone's WiFi to try to gauge your interest in different merchandise, similar to how Amazon can track what product suggestions you look at more closely.

Back to online scams:  They won't stop today.  Be watching for email claiming there was a problem delivering your package or trouble processing your return, just to name two.  The point will be to get your credit card details or your paypal password.  Keep close track of what you really did order online, and don't be fooled by problems with false "orders".

Hat tip to Mike Haxton for turning in this wonderfully grammar-challenged sample of a scam email.  The point was to download and run a file, compromising the victim's computer:

Your Walmart order!