Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tis’ the Season for Cyberscams


Cyberscammers are out aiming for Black Friday and Cyber Monday shoppers.

Thieves feed off of money and this next week their will be a lot of that going around.  Everyone is anxious to get the best deal and the lowest prices, even though they may eventually spend more than anticipated.

But a deal is a deal, right?

Cybercriminals are concentrating on mobile devices and social media this year to see where all the shoppers are going.

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday right around the corner; cybercriminals have begun to invade e-mails, social media postings and search results with infected website links and offers for worthless products.



Phishing Scheme

Cybercriminals count on one in every 10 prospects of holiday-themed phishing scams to click on the corrupted link, or fill out fake forms handing over your personal data.

“We’re human; we’re compelled to click,” says David Knight, Proofpoint executive vice president. “And we’re even more human during the holiday season.”

Out of 10 million shopping transactions made in the past six months, 25% are from mobile devices, 10% on tablets and 14% from smartphones.

Smartphones are the least secure for purchasing anything.  Signifyd a fraud protection and chargeback prevention company for e-commerce, discovered that 1.3% of e-commerce sales on phones are fraudulent.

This is compared with 0.8% of sales on desktops and 0.5% from tablets.

Be sure to create different passwords for all your accounts.  This could be the extra security you need to protect your personal information from being taken.  This shopping season, it’s okay to be a little paranoid, at least you are being attentive in case someone is trying to gain your trust unworthily.

A few sites worth checking out are Hotspot Shield and TunnelBear, free virtual private networks that establish a secure tunnel between your computing device and the internet.  All your information remains inside the tunnel, which will protect your computer or mobile device from malware or phishing scams.

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Cyberscammers take aim at Black Friday, Cyber Monday – USA Today

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