Make sure you’re safe when shopping online this Black Friday

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THIS year has been hard enough without getting duped on Black Friday.

I can’t wait to get my hands on some amazing deals. But when it comes to shopping online, it pays to be careful.

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Make sure to be careful when shopping this Black Friday[/caption]

Here are my tips to make the most of it.

No phoneys: Whenever possible, choose to shop using your computer rather than a mobile phone.

Most phones do not have anti-virus software and it is harder to tell whether shortened URLs used on social media are legit or not. Also, wait until you are at home and on a password- protected wifi network.

Public hotspots do not protect your data effectively.

Gut feeling: Stick to popular retailers such as Amazon, Currys and Argos. Avoid shopping anywhere that looks unprofessional, has odd pop-ups or is selling items at prices that seem too good to be true.

Trust your instincts.

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Using the same password for every retailer you sign up for makes a hacker’s job easy[/caption]

The essentials: Do not reveal any unnecessary personal information. All you need to give is your name, address and payment details. Avoid clicking on links on emails.

Phishing scams can stem from messages that seem legitimate but send you to bogus sites that collect information, then used to steal your identity.

Instead, make sure you type the URL for your chosen retailer directly into the search bar.

Address it: Check that the website you are using has “HTTPS” in the URL — as the “S” indicates your information is being sent to a secure location.

Another sign of a secure site is a small padlock icon on your browser.

Pass it on: Using the same password for every retailer you sign up for may seem like the easy option, but it makes a hacker’s job easy. Use complicated passwords, make them different for each site and change them every few months.

Deal of the day

Vileda’s steam mop and steam refill bundle is on offer for £59.99

THE Vileda steam mop and steam refill bundle is on offer for £59.99, down from £102.98 at until Sunday.

SAVE: £42.99

Cheap treat

A festive jar of Beanies flavoured coffee is only £1.79

HEAD to Home Bargains for a festive jar of Beanies flavoured coffee. Choose from mince pie or Christmas pudding flavours, £1.79.

Big news

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Store swap

The Disney Storybook advent calendar is only £7 at Asda

INSTEAD of paying £10 for the Disney Storybook advent calendar at, buy it from Asda instead, where it is on offer for just £7.

SAVE: £3

Giselle's little helper

HOTEL brand Yotel offers up to 40 per cent discounts on stays from now until the end of 2021 if booked TODAY.

Travellers can enjoy a stay in London from as little as £45, while guests can check in at Amsterdam for 45 euros, Istanbul for 78 euros, Edinburgh and Glasgow for £40. Bookings are fully flexible if made directly at

Shop and save

Babyliss’ Smooth Radiance straightener is on offer for £22.99 at Superdrug

THE Babyliss Smooth Radiance straightener is on offer for £22.99 at Superdrug, reduced from £49.99 until Tuesday.

SAVE: £27

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