If you visit a website to shop next Monday (December 3rd), yours will be one of 100 million visits in the UK, according the the predictions of retail experts. At Get Safe Online, we always advise you to be careful when shopping online, but we suspect that cybercriminals will be now be particularly busy, looking to take advantage of the pre-Christmas rush.
According to Experian and Hitwise, next Monday's website hit statistics will represent a 36% increase over last year's 'Cyber Monday', as the busiest online shopping day is called by those in the industry. Online shoppers will, they say, spend 15 million hours shopping online, a number that will increase to 375 million for the whole of December.
James Murray is Digital Insight Manager at Experian Marketing Services. "The current market trends suggest that in the UK, Monday 3rd December will be the biggest pre-Christmas day for online retail, with an estimated 115 million visits to online retail outlets and a massive 15 million hours spent online shopping on this day alone," he said.
With the eagerness to complete the shopping in plenty of time to spare, and getting caught up in the seasonal spirit, it could be easy to remember to take a few simple precautions to keep yourself and your bank account safe. So please visit our page on online shopping before you get stuck into your online Christmas shopping in earnest.