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With Cyber Monday around the corner and with less than a month to go before Christmas, Canadians are planning to shop online in record numbers this holiday season, so Canadian Security Magazine and Ottawa-based internet security experts Trend Micro Canada are offering their top 5 tips for a safe online shopping experience.
According to the latest numbers available from Statistics Canada, the value of orders placed online by Canadians reached $18.9 billion in 2012, up 24% from 2010 when the survey was last conducted. The average online shopper made about 13 separate orders and spent approximately $1,450.
"It is both fast and simple to prevent spam and malware from becoming the gifts that give nothing but grief," said Trend Micro's George McTaggart. "When shopping online, make sure you are buying through legitimate sites and companies."
Top 5 Tips
Bookmark reliable online shopping sites. Relying on search engine results can lead you to malicious sites.