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Consumers Buying for Christmas Advised for Verifying Website Security

In its most recent security advisory, G Data has cautioned consumers preparing for purchase of gifts for the approaching Christmas to make sure software on the website they're browsing are secured prior to conducting any payment.

The security company elaborated that cyber-criminals utilized different tricks like fake e-mails dispatched having brand product advertising as lure with the products costing incredibly low. Thereafter, web-links are included into those e-mails, encouraging consumers to click. However, the act only contaminates their PCs with malware alternatively takes them onto a phishing site where in the pretext of shopping their confidential particulars are stolen.

G Data further elaborated that fraudsters used banking Trojans as their most preferred tool since they were utilized for intercepting end-users' payment transactions as well as transferring the money into a different account.

Occasionally, Internet users may get one e-mail that their bank apparently sent, which, however, prompts them for again feeding their payment information through a given web-link. But, the link takes onto an Internet site, which certain banker Trojan had infected letting online-crooks to drain money out of an account.

Additionally, one more well-known strategy that's widely utilized in cyber-crime in Christmas is the dispatch of false Christmas e-cards, which may have file attachments containing various well-known malware programs alternatively, a web-link taking onto a contaminated site.

Remarking about the above general form of scams, Security Evangelist Eddy Willems at G Data stated that cyber-crooks employed various kinds of tricks for contaminating unwitting end-users with malicious software alternatively filching personal information like credit card or Internet banking data. Thus, end-users required ensuring that they were utilizing one comprehensive and effective security software while carefully verifying the security and reliability of online shopping sites, the security expert added. Realwire.com reported this dated December 9, 2011.

Nonetheless, for remaining safe from the above Internet-scams, while maintaining the festive feeling of Christmas, G Data advised end-users for deploying all-inclusive security software comprising a firewall, virus scanner, and anti-spam solution. Further, the software must be routinely maintained up-to-date, including virus signatures while, a malware scan should also be run on the PCs prior to making purchases.

Related article: Consumer NZ Website Encounters Hack

» SPAMfighter News - 22-12-2011

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