10 ways to protect yourself against scams during Black Friday and Cyber Monday | CNBC

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“The holidays are a bonanza for cybercriminals,” security expert Dave Baggett says.

About 75% of Americans plan to do at least half of their holiday shopping online this year, according to TransUnion’s 2019 Holiday Retail Fraud Survey.

But while online shopping helps you skip the crowds at the mall, it can be a cybersecurity minefield. “The holidays are a bonanza for cybercriminals,” Dave Baggett, co-founder and CEO of anti-phishing start-up Inky tells CNBC Make It. “People are buying a lot of things over a short period of time, and they are hurried about it. This presents opportunities for crooks.”

Here’s a one-stop guide on how to best protect yourself while shopping this holiday season.

1. Don’t click links in emails

Emails are a particularly common way for fraudsters to gain access to your credit card information or identity. Hackers send what’s called a phishing email, in which they copy…

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