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Don't get computer bugs when doing your online holiday shopping

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Don't get computer bugs when doing your online holiday shopping
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Tens of millions of shoppers were clicking on their computers trying to find the best deals on Cyber Monday. With more people going online to stuff the stocking, crooks and scammers are surfing the net as well. Our Katie Husband has advice to make sure your holiday, is a jolly one.

ELMIRA, N.Y. -- It's become another one of the big shopping days.

"Cyber Monday almost has become a holiday, I guess, in a way," said Dave Baranyk, owner of CyberDark Computing.

And, it's a wonderful time of the year for computer repair stores as well. Many see people coming through their doors with unwanted viruses.

"We're going to go there and shop, these virus writers know we're going to go there and shop. Again, the issue would be more on Walmart's end or Target's end, their security," said Baranyk.

Running your anti-virus two times a week will help fight unwanted hackers.

"A lot of times you don't know you're infected until things start popping up or maybe an infection has been in there for a couple of days so, one of the biggest things is run your security on your PC routinely," said Baranyk.

If you're an online shopper out there, the best thing you can do to protect your information is to logout of every account you have.

"To do business at a Walmart website you have to establish your username and password. Always, always I don't care who it's with even your email, always log out afterwards," said Baranyk.

Baranyk owns CyberDark Computing in the Twin Tiers. He recommends never scanning social security cards or bank account information onto your computer.

"If you live too far out, than sure you have to use the mail order stuff, just again be cautious with it, be familiar with who you're doing business with and hopefully things will be safe," said Baranyk.

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