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N4T Investigators: Hackers target smart phone shoppers

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On Cyber Monday alone, shoppers spent nearly $6.5 billions dollars online. 

Now consider that nearly half of those purchases were made using a smartphone and you can see why consumer advocates are concerned.

"To protect yourself, you have to make sure that all of your applications (apps) are up to date; the operating system on your phone is up to date. The reason you do that is because they (the manufacturers) are out there doing fixes for any bugs and security issues," said Susann Miller with the Better Business Bureau.

If you are shopping through an app, experts say you need to make sure it's the real one.

Earlier this year more than 4.2 million fake apps were downloaded from the Google Play store.

Shopping in stores can also put your phone at risk.

Many stores now offer free wi-fi so you can shop while you shop.

However, Miller says that customers should be very careful about sending banking information while connected.

"Make sure you are not logging on to your banking information. Anything that has your personal information, stay away from actually doing that. Make sure that you are not giving your personal information to the person sitting next to you," said Miller.

If all of this has made you too scared to shop on your phone, don't worry, there's an easy way to make sure your information is secure.

All you have to do is look at a website's web address and make sure it says https, instead of http. The extra "s" means the site is secure.

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