Cyber Monday is upon us…………..the continuation of the Black Friday experience. Unlike Black Friday, Cyber Monday allows us to shop in our pj’s, or from our desk at work, or sitting in traffic. We can also avoid the potential fight that may break out when someone grabs the last great deal off the shelf just as someone else was reaching for it. Have you seen the YouTube video of the two ladies fighting over school supplies and one actually pulled out a gun? We as a society have lost our reason and common sense.
But I digress…..online shopping is quite convenient – I avoid the crowds, sometimes I can get free shipping, and I simply sit back and let my UPS driver, FedEx driver or USPS carrier bring the purchases to me. Honestly I do more and more shopping online. It has nothing to do with being lazy, it is about management of my time. I can get my shopping done in almost the amount of time it takes to drive to the store.
Is this too good to be true? The ability to compare prices from many stores? Minimal effort on my part gets me exactly what I want? Tiny effort bringing vast rewards?
I think the answers to all of these questions would be a resounding yes. But all is not sweetness, purity and light my friends. Cybercrime for 2018 is projected to be $1.5 trillion (yes that is trillion with a “T”). Over 50% of that dollar amount is generated through online markets, as in your online shopping.
Cyber crime is attractive to the criminal element because it is impersonal, takes little to no effort on their part, AND the chances of actually getting caught are zero to none!
So what’s an online shopper to do?
Here is a link to a great article outlining 10 steps to help keep your personal information safe while you shop online.
Proverbs 2:12 (NIV) tells us “Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men.” Verses 13-15 give a great description of those wicked men. These words written so long ago fit today’s cyber criminals.
As you shop this holiday season, be extra careful and wise – educate yourself about ways you can be taken advantage of while cyber shopping.
Tend your flock well Shepherdess and cyber shop wisely.