Figures show it’s party time for online shopping – but it’s a winter wonderland of new opportunities for cybercriminals
Marlow, UK – 2 December 2011: Trend Micro, Inc. today announced international e-commerce figures that will have cybercriminals rubbing their hands with glee in the festive season – and consumers crying out for open and useful advice on how to protect themselves from the miscreants’ lack of seasonal goodwill.
Recent figures from sources including IDC, showed that use of the internet to buy everything from mistletoe to mobile devices is snowballing across the world, with:
Take into account the shopping frenzy that traditionally takes place in the last few weeks before Christmas, and it starts to look like open season for the budding online scammer. Yet a few simple rules can enable all shoppers to protect themselves and their bank balances from yuletide thievery.
Rik Ferguson, Director, Security Research and Communication at Trend Micro, explained: “Online criminals use many deceptive and underhand means to get hold of users’ personal information, such as credit card numbers, PIN numbers, bank account details and name and address details, enabling them to commit identity theft. At Christmas, they will focus particularly on false search engine results that lead the user to tempting (and fraudulent) ‘special’ offers and can even take over the user’s browser sessions.”
O Come All Ye Faithful: Tried and Tested Tips To Foil The Felons
Four simple rules are sufficient to frustrate the efforts of most online thieves, however:
More tips and information on seasonal online shopping can be found in Trend Micro’s ebook Online Shopping Safety Made Easy
An infographic is also available here: 5 tips to shop safely online
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