Cyber Monday is a great day for deals, but it’s also one of the biggest days of the year for identity theft and hacker exploits.
Use these 5 tips to stay more private while you’re shopping online today:
1. Do the shopping cart trick to get discounts
If you know ahead of time that you want something, put it in your shopping cart but don’t check out. If you have an account on that site, many sites will email you with a discounted offer for that item (but you’ll probably have to wait at least a week). This trick works all year round, not just on Cyber Monday!
2. Use a privacy tool to block online tracking
The 5 most-visited shopping websites in the US have between 14 and 18 trackers on them that collect your browsing activity, demographic info, and purchase history. Sometimes this data leads to price discrimination, where you’ll see higher prices than someone else for the same item. Block online tracking for free with a browser tool like DoNotTrackPlus