Many people look forward to the holidays as a time to spend with friends and family, sing their favorite holiday jingles or enjoy the delicious festive fare. For savvy shoppers, this time of year also offers a chance to take advantage of major discounts, whether you’re buying gifts for loved ones or yourself.
However, lured by the promise of getting the must-have toy of the season or the latest tech gadget at half the price, bargain hunters all too often fall for online scams to steal their personal and financial information. Although online shopping continues to be a popular and easy way for people to get their holiday shopping done, it can also open doors to scams from savvy cybercrooks.
According to Norton, the leading online security company, holiday emails with taglines like, “You have received a Christmas Greeting Card!” and “Cash for the New Year” have already started appearing in people’s inboxes. Although the messages can seem harmless, they may contain viruses and worms that will damage your computer, or worse, send you to websites designed to steal your email and bank account information.
In fact, Norton recently found that 69 percent of adults around the world have been a victim of cybercrime in their lifetime. Follow these tips to stay safe this season:
1. Check your list twice!
If you receive a suspicious email, whether it’s offering discounts or even cash that are too good to be true or is filled with grammatical errors, delete the message. It could be part of a scam to trick you into downloading a virus or giving away your personal information.
2. Find out which websites are “naughty” and “nice”
When conducting transactions online, make sure the website address contains “https” instead of “http,” which indicates an added layer of protection. Also, scan the entire web page for a trust mark, such as the VeriSign Trust Seal. These marks demonstrate that a trusted company has taken comprehensive measures to certify security, online business ethics and customer privacy standards.
3. Don’t let scams turn your festive holiday into the blues
Use trusted online security software like Norton Internet Security 2012 to make sure you’re protected against online threats and help ensure safe shopping this season.
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