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Kaspersky Warns Internet Users of Top Five Online Threats for Xmas

It is now a well-known fact that internet users are at a high risk of getting their computers hacked while shopping online. Online security vendors have time and again stressed on the importance of safe shopping habits. These habits ensure that you can shop without being tracked and reduce the risk of having malicious software installed on your computer. Kaspersky, a leading online security solutions provider, recently conducted a survey about online shopping. The survey revealed that 76% of all the people surveyed admitted to shopping online during Xmas.

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Online Threats For Xmas

Christmas is a time for sharing gifts and spreading cheer for the ordinary folks. But for hackers, it is time to make the most of online shoppers’ mistakes. They have their own devious plots for making use of the consumer trends during the holiday season. It is that time of the year when the festive mood is around and you are not as watchful as you usually will be. Knowing that you might let your guard down, the hackers have dug a number of pitfalls all over the World Wide Web. This article will identify the top five online security pitfalls you need to be wary of.

Fake Parcel Delivery Notifications

Christmas is the time for sending gifts and you would have dispatched a number of gifts to your loved ones who you cannot meet. Taking advantage of this, hackers have designed a number of fake delivery notifications. These notifications will have links that you will be asked to click, stating that the status of your parcel will be displayed there. According to Kaspersky Labs, the USPS, or US Postal Service, is the most replicated parcel delivery notifications. To avoid falling prey to this, make sure you make a list of the parcels you dispatched and don’t open any notifications that are not yours.

Xmas E-Cards

E-Cards are the latest fad and instead of picking a card and sending it via email, sending e-cards over the internet is a convenient and risk free option. But hackers take advantage of this and embed links to potentially dangerous software. Once you click on the link, the software gets downloaded and installed on your computer. To avoid this risk, make sure that you don’t open e-cards from anyone that you don’t know.

Forged Order Confirmations

Online shopping is one of the main activities on your to-do list and once you place an order, you will get an order confirmation. Some people shop so hard that they lose track of the number of things that they ordered. When an order confirmation arrives via email, you naturally click on the link to check out the status. Hackers take advantage of this and send you bogus order confirmations. You click on the link unsuspectingly and end up implanting malicious software on your computer. To avoid this risk, keep track of all the things you ordered online and open only the relevant confirmations .

Malware from Social Media Sites

Taking advantage of the holiday season, hackers create fake social media accounts and pages, and launch contests or any other Xmas events. But in reality, these links only lead to software that are dangerous and can infect your computer instantly. Be wary of social media links always, especially during the Xmas season.

Xmas Screen Savers

Xmas screen savers are extremely popular during the holiday season and you would definitely be on the lookout for attractive ones. Hackers design really attractive screen savers that have malicious code as a part of the software. When you install the screen saver, the malicious tool also gets installed on your computer. Make sure that you download screen savers only from reputed technology sites.

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