Make Sure You Stay Safe And Secure This Online Christmas – Be Cyber Aware

So online shopping is not exactly for those who are accustomed to last minute Christmas shopping. However, the trend lately for most has been sitting in front of your computer and doing all your seasonal shopping completely online. The biggest day for online shopping is the day after the US Thanksgiving weekend, which is Monday, November 24th this year. This particular date is the official start of the online Christmas season and also has been singled out as well as the most dangerous day (for your computers security), of the year for online shoppers.

This warning is issued from online security vendors such as PC Tools, which has consistently found spyware and other unwanted viral attacks on your computer. They are unfortunately hard at work and peak several days before the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday.

Last year while the majority were sitting and eating their Thanksgiving turkey, these unscrupulous cyber criminals were also feasting, but on PCs, infecting computers with a huge range of malware, spyware, trojans and other threats and unwanted viruses. Spyware software companies has found that attacks on the Internet and thus your computer has increased ten-fold over attacks during the rest of the year.

When these online shoppers hit the internet in record numbers on cyber Monday, these malicious thieves are already waiting for you. They are waiting to pick off credit card numbers, passwords and other security information.

This type of activity always escalates around mid-October every year and peaks on the Monday after Thanksgiving, according to Internet security experts. Online retail sales really kicks off their season on this date and these retailers make huge chunks of their revenue on the last five weeks of the calendar year. So these cyber thieves know they can do the most damage at this time of the year.

Here Are Some Tips For Sale Online Shopping:

– Make Sure You Protect Your Computers Web Browser
These hackers will put up legitimate looking websites that appear to look like a real online business, but they are built to infect websites. You may end up giving your personal information such as your credit card or other personal data thinking you are disclosing this info to your bank or a well known secure online retailer such as Amazon

– Install Up To Date Security Protection
Make sure you have updated reputable security software installed on your computer, which has real time browser protection

– Protect Yourself By Being Safe
Make sure you know the online website stores refund or returns policy, as well as their privacy policy or legal notices

– Know Where You Click
Be aware of clicking on unknown links such as… e-mail links that could lead to a cyber-criminals site instead of a legitimate online retailers business or financial institution

– Be Cyber Aware… Look For Signs
Secure payment web-pages when you are paying should begin with “shttps” or “http”, as well as a security icon at the bottom of your computer screen on their website, indicating the website has a security certificate. Even click on that security icon to insure the name matches the online retailer.

– Pay Using Secure Methods
Make sure you use a credit card allowing you to dispute transactions before you actually pay your bill instead of using a debit card that will immediately withdraws cash from your account. Use a separate credit card which has a lower limit for say $500 for online purchases, thus limiting the amount if a cyber thief happens to get your credit card information.

– Do Not Disclose Too Much Information
Basic contact information, credit card info are the only detail needed to process a credit card payment. Check their privacy policy to protect your data

– Keep And Print Our All Online Transactions
Print and save these records, including product description, the price and exact web address etc. This info will be required if the particular online site turns out to be a fraud and thus you are attempting to recover your money

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