Tips for Safer Online Shopping

For holiday shoppers planning to skip the mall madness and make their purchases from the comfort of a keyboard, USA Today offers eight online shopping safety tips. Advice includes visiting only reputable shopping sites, updating home computer security software, logging off and closing browsers on public computers, and more.

Consumer Site Offers Online Holiday Shopping Ideas

For shoppers on a budget this season, Consumer Reports offers descriptions of 25 websites for holiday gifts under $25. The article also features gifts from six online retailers that benefit worthy causes.

Mulu Mission: Shop for Good Causes

Newcomer Mulu is a Pinterest-like social platform that allows visitors to shop and sell, with a charitable twist. Already on board drumming up dollars for their favorite causes are pro athletes and popular fashion designers, but Mulu is for everyone. The site made its beta debut in January and is being formally launched in early March. You can check out Mulu now.

Online Holiday Sales Approach $25 Billion

According to a report in Forbes magazine, online holiday shopping continues to gain popularity. For the second consecutive week, cyber shoppers spent $5.9 billion. Online commerce for the first 39 days of the November-December holiday season reached $24.6 billion, a 15 percent increase over the same period in 2010.

To date, “Cyber Monday” 2011 holds the title of heaviest online spending day in history at $1.25 billion.

Amazon Draws Most Visits from Online Shoppers

Newly-released Comscore data names Amazon the most visited retail site, attracting 282 million visits worldwide in the month of June. The second most popular retail site was eBay, with 223.5 million visitors. A Temkin Group survey earlier this year also named Amazon tops among online retailers in customer satisfaction.

Site Does Back-to-School Bargain Hunting for You

Looking to save on school supplies? Consider Your Retail Helper, a website that reviews ads and coupon offers, and then organizes the information in one place. This week, find out which retailers have the best deals on crayons, glue, scissors, and other back-to-school basics.