How to Avoid Black Friday Scams Online

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Black Friday attracts crowds, and crowds attract scammers, and that means you need to take extra care when shopping online over the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend. There'll be people out there eager to relieve you of more money than you'll save on a TV set or a gaming console.

The following precautions apply any time of year, but it's worth reminding yourself of them every time a serious holiday season comes around. In the rush to get gifts sorted, it's all too easy to miss a warning sign, or get complacent about online security.

Update All Your Software

Keeping programs and operating systems up to date is important enough that Microsoft, Apple, Google, Mozilla, and all the other big names in tech now make it difficult for anyone to lag behind with their updates—most of the time you'll be prompted regularly to install new versions of your software, and it might even happen automatically in the background without you noticing.

The biggest retail event of the year has grown into an entire month of sales that ebb and flow. Here’s how to make the most of it.

Today's browsers, apps, and OSes are adept at spotting scams as they happen, whether it's phishing emails (designed to lure you to a fake shopping or banking site) or unauthorized logins on your accounts. To make the most of this built-in security, ensure you're running the latest versions across the board, which means the latest security patches—if you've been putting off updates on your phone or your computer, then get them done ahead of Black Friday.

If you do have a laptop that's too old to run the latest versions of Windows or macOS, avoid using it if ...

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