Protecting Yourself During Online Holiday Shopping

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Protecting-Yourself-During-Online-Holiday-Shopping #holidayshopping

As more people turn to online holiday shopping this season, cybergangs are expected to unleash a variety of old and new Internet-based scams to steal identities and online accounts.

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“This is prime time for cybercriminals,” says Brendan Ziolo, vice president at security firm Kindsight.

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So prime in fact that according to PriceGrabber, some 41% of consumers plan to use their PCs, tablets and smartphones to shop online, up from 37% last year. Most will be using computers at home and work to shop for gifts, and in do so they will also be increasing their risks for account hijacks and computer infections due to outdated software containing known vulnerabilities.

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Qualys recently analyzed more than 1 million Internet-connected Microsoft Windows PCs and Macs. It found 56% of users of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer surfed the Internet using an older version of the popular Web browser carrying widely known security flaws–flaws that are paradise for expert hackers.

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Some 49.2% of users of Mozilla’s Firefox, 47.5% of Google’s Chrome and 37.4% of Apple’s Safari also used browser versions lacking the latest security updates. Using an outdated browser and/or clicking on a Web page laced with a hidden virus can open up the doors of your computer’s access to an intruder.

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Thieves are using sources such as social networking sites, search queries, and mobile devices as primary targets.

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So what can online holiday shoppers do? Shop  only with reputable sites and use strong passwords. Also avoid using a debit card if possible, since it gives potential thieves direct access to your personal bank account. Another measure of protecting yourself during online holiday shopping is to take is to think twice before you click, as deals that sound too good to be true usually are just that.

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