How to make the most of your Cyber Monday shopping

Posted: 11:30 AM, Nov 30, 2014
Updated: 2014-12-01 07:03:21-05

(CNN) -- If Thanksgiving and Black Friday weren't enough - or simply too much - for some shoppers, retailers will continue to dish out deals on Cyber Monday.

Thanks to an Internet that’s always open for business, Cyber Monday is a little easier on shoppers than the chaos that can surround Black Friday. But that doesn’t mean it’s a breeze.

Consumers are urged to consider several tips for safe, happy and secure online shopping on Monday -- and through the remainder of the season.

“There is so much noise around Cyber Monday and of course we're sitting at home, but we have access to millions of websites,” said Trae Bodge, senior editor of “My advice would be find a couple of trusted resources, go from there.”

Bodge recommends researching sales first and looking for coupon codes for even deeper discounts. Special sales may also be found in retailers’ Twitter and Facebook feeds.

But where can shoppers find the most bang for their buck on Cyber Monday?

“Lots of apparel providers and also consumer electronics and then health and beauty -- those are the three categories that I think that will see the deepest discounts,” Bodge said.

More than 131 million online shoppers were expected to buy online last Cyber Monday, making it a big day for retailers, consumers and, unfortunately, scammers.

Scammers “know it's Cyber Monday. They know that people are out there shopping and they're gonna do what they can to try and lure you in,” said Michael Kaiser, with National Cyber Security Alliance.

Recent breaches have put data security in the spotlight for reatilers. Kaiser said consumers must take their privacy into their own hands, being proactive and taking precautions.

“If they take those common sense measures -- they update their software, they put in things like two-step verification or multi-factor authentication -- those are things that are in their control,” Kaiser said.

Shoppers using mobile devices should consider using cellular data instead of public WiFi for a more secure shopping experience, he said.