<p>Mary Alice Reporting:

(Monday, November 26th) Ohio – An online buying holiday is expected to set record numbers this year, according to the National Retail Federation.

On Cyber Monday, in 2017, consumers spent almost $6.6 billion and for this year, that number is estimated to hit $7.25 billion.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine reminds purchasers to keep security in mind when using any websites by checking the web address and looking for “https”.

“The other thing, I walk into coffee shops and people are using the internet, and that’s fine, but when you use public Wi-Fi, remember that is you’re entering your credit card number of something else that it may not be secure.”

With smartphone and mobile website advancements, people are urged to keep the software, apps, and the overall operating system updated for added protection.

Shoppers are reminded to check shipping options, return policies, as well as limitations and exclusions.

Go to www.OhioProtects.org for additional protection information.

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