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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Consumers who have embraced the idea of online shopping, are now going mobile.

Billions of dollars will be spent on line over the course of the next month, and there's a growing trend of wireless shopping from mobile devices and Wi-Fi.

Jeffrey Moliterno operates a soft ware company that deals primarily with mail order clients.

Moliterno says the safest option for online shopping is still using a wired computer through a secure network. He says he has real concerns about i-Phone or i-Pad cyber shopping.

"I wouldn't recommend going and doing your shopping from your local coffee shop or fast food restaurant. They may be secure, but I personally would not recommend doing something like that," Moliterno said,

To verify that a company is legitimate, Molterno says look for signs that it's secure site such as a padlock symbol or a third party seal of approval from firms such as McAfee or Norton security.

But it's not enough just to see those symbols displayed. "Make sure you click on those as well, because a lot of companies will put a picture of those particular symbols, but again they're not real just fake," Moliterno said.

Moliterno says another important safe guard is never go to a link that appears on an unsolicited e-mail. He says the fact is that sophisticated scammers are always at work.

"Every day there's a new way that somebody has found to try to steal your credit card information," Moliterno said.

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