Black Friday and Cyber Monday: Are they so different?

Learn how Cyber Monday and Black Friday compare. Discover additional resources to keep you safe while researching and shopping this holiday season.

The day after Thanksgiving has been dubbed Black Friday. Black Friday has kicked off the holiday shopping season for decades, with retailers posting huge sales and special offers. This year, Black Friday falls on November 26, but similar to recent years past, the Black Friday sales have already begun.

The following day is Small Business Saturday, a shopping day intended to boost small businesses over big-box retailers. Read why it’s so important to your community to support Small Business Saturday.

The Monday after Thanksgiving is Cyber Monday and falls on November 29 this year. Retailers created Cyber Monday to encourage people to shop online. In 2020, Cyber Monday sales hit a record of $10.8 billion, topping Black Friday’s sales. This year should be no exception.

Here are some tips to help you secure your browser and protect your privacy during your online shopping spree. 

Before you start your holiday research and online shopping, protect your digital profile. Start by strengthening your passwords and turning on two-factor authentication. Update your mobile devices and computers, click on links cautiously, and be wary of public Wi-Fi connections when you’re shopping.

With so many opportunities to find a deal, you might question which day is a better shopping day. Here’s an article published on cnet.com that explains how Cyber Monday is different from Black Friday.

Happy Holidays – and Happy Shopping!

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