Local tech expert warns of Cyber Monday schemes

Local tech expert warns of Cyber Monday schemes

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Whether you're a first timer or an old pro, it's become increasingly difficult to ignore some of Cyber Monday's killer online sales.

"I may get on and glance at things that I like and if I'm like, 'man, that's a great deal, I'm definitely going to do it,'" said local Ward Bowron.

Tech Expert Jesse Ide says Cyber Monday can offer shoppers big bargains, but says there should never be strings attached to a great deal.

"You shouldn't have to sign up for anything to get deals on Cyber Monday. They're everywhere. They're going to be a lot of places they try to trick you into downloading software, things like that. You don't need to do anything like that," Ide explained.

He adds it's also important to be a little picky because every website is worth your time. In fact, some could be looking to scam you.

"A lot of those come from website advertising," said Ide. "You're looking through your feed and then you'll see an advertisement for a ridiculously priced TV or something. A lot of times that will go through fraudulent websites that actually looks like websites that you've used in the past but are just slightly different."

It's how crooks are able to steal your personal information. It's also why Ide suggests you don't use a search engine to find what you want.

"You're going to get a lot of ad responses that might not be legitimate, so my advice would be to go to the actual vendors website. So, if you're going to go to Best Buy, Amazon, Wal Mart, go directly to those sites and then search for the thing that you're looking for," explained Ide.

He says, if you even suspect your computer is infected with a virus, you'll want to hold off on Internet shopping.

"There are these things called keyloggers where viruses can install on your computer and they can see every single button you press on your computer," said Ide.

He also advises that shoppers avoid public internet because others can track your moves online. Yet, for those who appreciate the ease of crossing off your Christmas list without stepping foot in crowded store, shopping Cyber Monday may be tough to resist.

"I might peek at it," said shopper Karen Petrine. "I hope I don't miss any good deals."

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