Black Friday and Cyber Monday have initiated the holiday shopping season online and in stores. This is also the perfect time for cyber criminals to strike.

Below are some tips on how to protect your personal information from scammers, thanks to NBC Philadelphia:

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    BEWARE OF GIFTS OF FREE WI-FI

    Many scammers lurk on networks to use the connection to steal credit card and personal information. People tend to try to connect to Wi-Fi to see if other places have better prices. But hackers can have a direct connection to your bank account.

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    AVOID POTENTIAL PHISH

    What are phish? These are fake companies that pose as real ones, and they spike during holiday season. They'll send you great deals for online stores and do this to try and steal your credit and login information. So, if you see this in your emails - ignore it.

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    KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON YOUR BANK ACCOUNT

    If you never check your bank account regularly, now is the time to do so. Attempt to use the same credit card for all of your shopping, and DO NOT use your debit card. The minute they get hold of this, they can clean out your bank account.

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    ITS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE? IT IS

    Stick to websites you already know and trust, do not click on any website ads promising you the best deals. Another quick top is to check the url and look for the lock symbol. This typically means that this is a secure site. For instance, it will say "https:/" in the URL.