The business community has termed today, ‘Cyber Monday,’ as a number of sales have now gone online. While more people are using the internet to purchase gifts during the holiday season, they would do well to keep in mind some good tips for keeping their data secure in cyberspace.
Shoppers should be particularly wary of phishing scams and ensure that they use established contact points to contact any businesses. Scammers are growing more sophisticated and are able to accurately fake banking credentials. The criminals will claim that there is a problem with a person’s account and then capture the data the victim enters into a false website.
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), run by the FBI, issued a series of suggestions for holiday shopping. Some of the tips are detailed below:
* Do not respond to unsolicited (spam) e-mail.
* Do not click on links contained within an unsolicited e-mail.
* Be cautious of e-mail claiming to contain pictures in attached files, as the files
may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders. Virus scan the attachments
* Avoid filling out forms contained in e-mail messages that ask for personal information.
* Always compare the link in the e-mail to the link you are actually directed to and
determine if they actually match and will lead you to a legitimate site.
* Log on directly to the official Web site for the business identified in the e-mail,
instead of “linking” to it from an unsolicited e-mail. If the e-mail appears to
be from your bank, credit card issuer, or other company you deal with frequently,
your statements or official correspondence from the business will provide the proper
* Contact the actual business that supposedly sent the e-mail to verify if the e-mail