Be smart as you shop online this holiday season.

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It’s always a mad scramble to find the perfect gifts in time for the holidays. And like the Grinch gazing down at Whoville, cybercriminals are watching, and they’re ready to take advantage of your haste.

Whether it’s pilfering personal information or duping consumers into scams, there’s a lot more at stake than presents and a roast beast.

This year’s holiday season will likely be trickier than those of years past. COVID is forcing many people who would’ve normally gone to malls to shop online. Rather than hand-delivering gifts, they’re shipping them to family and friends. 

Chip shortages and supply chain issues — shorthand for a host of manufacturing and shipping snafus — have only compounded that problem. Gifts are harder to get and slower to…

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