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Watch for the "S" while holiday shopping online.

Online shopping is becoming more and more popular every holiday season. This past Black Friday had the highest number of online purchases ever in the history of Black Fridays. Online shopping is also very convenient. You can get all of those gifts bought with the quick click of a mouse.

But be careful. Many hackers take advantage of online shoppers by trying to imitate legitimate websites.

One quick tip make sure the web address is HTTPS not HTTP.

As you can see from the photo above. The difference is when there is not an"S "then all communications are sent in plain text. What does that mean? It means that as you are typing in your personal information and credit card number, it is being transferred over the internet in plain text. If your cc # is 444111254657686 then that is exactly as it will be sent over the web.

If there is an "S" at the end of the http then the site is secure and will encrypt your information before it is sent over the web. Only the receiver can decipher what is being sent.